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    It is hoped the project will help alleviate blackouts and increase energy security in the state of Karnataka. Image: Welspun.

    It is hoped the project will help alleviate blackouts and increase energy security in the state of Karnataka. Image: Welspun.

    Sustainable energy developer, Welspun Renewable Energy has announced the commissioning of the largest solar project in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

    The twin project totals 19MW, the first 8MW was commissioned last year, four months ahead of schedule, while the remaining 11MW took just three months to complete, coming online ten months ahead of schedule.

    The solar power plants use tracker technology to increase the project’s yield and generate more power for the state of Karnataka, which suffers from frequent blackouts.

    The project is located in the Chitradurga district and will supply the grid for the next 25 years with enough clean energy to power 48,000 homes.

    The 9MW project won a tender in the first phase of Karnataka’s state solar auction, of which, no other entries have commissioned projects yet.

    The 11MW project was awarded a tender in the second phase. Welspun is the first project to be commissioned out of 13 other developers who received state Letters of Intent (LoI) as part of the second phase.

    Karnataka’s state solar policy for 2011-2016 is for 126MW of solar power to be installed during 2013-2014.

    Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has set the mandate of 0.25% of new energy procurement to come from solar farms, increasing to 3% by 2022.

    According to government run Karnataka Renewable Energy Development, there are 232MW of solar allotted, and 41MW commissioned.

    Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman Welspun said the project will also contribute to the state’s energy security targets.

    source: http://www.pv-tech.org / PVTech / Home> News> Article / by Lucy Woods / May 14th, 2014

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    FEATURE SERIES: FOCUS

    Although most tech startups still focus on services, a new trend puts products and innovation center stage.

    A Friday afternoon crowd of young men and women packs a microbrewery. The Wi-Fi is free and the music is loud. Jeans and t-shirts abound. So do cell phones and conversations about technology, startup funding and business strategy. Outside, a black Porsche speeds by.

    It could be a scene in any high-tech enclave in the United States—were it not for the torrent of motorbikes and auto-rickshaws that also careens past, along with stray dogs and a blue-horned cow foraging roadside. In fact, we’re at  Toit—one of several brewpubs in the trendy Bangalore neighborhood of Indiranagar.

    Dubbed the “Silicon Valley of India ,” the southern Indian city of Bangalore is a high-tech hotbed where multinational Titans from Google and Samsung to Microsoft and IBM maintain large outposts. And while outsourced tech support services are still a major turbine in India’s economic engine, innovation is increasingly the name of the tech game.

    “Yes, we were predominantly a services and support country, but that’s changing,” says Raghu Mohan, 25, a product manager at HackerEarth, a startup that helps companies recruit programmers. “The age of the product companies has arrived in India and we will slowly see more of them.”

    Rise of the Product Startup

    Today, India is home to more than 10,000 technology-based startups, with up to 8,000 new ones sprouting every year, according to YourStory.com , a startup in Indiranagar that promotes the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Factoring in survival rates, that’s an effective growth rate of 25 percent to 30 percent, the company says. Most are based in Bangalore.

    “The startup climate in Bangalore is extremely hot right now,” says Tushar Vashisht, 29, co-founder and CEO of Indiranagar-based startup HealthifyMe, which helps people track their nutrition and lifestyle. “Ten years ago, starting up meant large capital and major infrastructure plays, whereas today it’s a very democratized process.”

    If Bangalore is the heart of India’s vibrant startup scene, then Indiranagar is its pulsing ventricle. Here, many residential houses double as bare-bones offices for scrappy startups run by entrepreneurs working long hours and riding a tide of creativity. A growing number of startups are bringing new products to market—most recently in mobile, healthcare and education.

    “We’re at a point where there is actually great innovation, great ideas being seeded and built by Indians in India with Indian money,” says India watcher Louis Selincourt, a managing partner at Better Faster Further, an executive coaching company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Opportunity From Chaos

    Bangalore’s fertile ground for startups owes much to Silicon Valley. The outsourcing movement has not only forged close ties between both places, it has also contributed to a flattening of the technology playing field.

    “Entrepreneurs here are completely up to speed with the latest technologies in the States,” says Shripati Acharya, co-founder and managing partner at AngelPrime, a seed fund and one of several tech incubators in Bangalore.

    Little wonder that product companies stateside are turning to Bangalore to hire skilled development teams. Case in point, Los Angeles-based dotstudioPRO, a social video platform that democratizes the distribution and monetization of video. CEO and Co-founder Joe Pascual says he had much greater success finding good developers in Bangalore than in other Indian cities.

    “Just evaluating résumés, it’s completely night and day,” Pascual says. “We’re looking at people who have minimum four years’-plus experience and have already been exposed to technologies that are even brand new to the U.S.”

    Further enriching the startup soil—perhaps counter intuitively—is the lack of organization that pervades Bangalore and India in general. Exhibit A is redBus—one of the biggest startup success stories in India. In 2005, the Bangalore-based company took on the overwhelming chaos of the country’s bus ticketing system. Today, it is India’s top bus ticketing platform, allowing the country’s 1.2 billion inhabitants to choose from over 1,500 bus operators and 80,000 routes.

    “Where there is chaos, there is opportunity,” Acharya says. “And India is highly chaotic.”

    Risking It All vs. Playing It Safe

    With a failure rate of about 75 percent, versus about 50 percent in the United States, according to YourStory.com, the startup route is not for the faint-hearted. Some say it’s a bit of a fad.

    “It’s quite romantic for young adults when they see only the success stories,” says Jivtesh Singh Chhatwal, a 25-year-old software engineer who flirted with a startup in college before landing a full-time job at Cisco’s huge Bangalore campus, and who hints he’s not done with the startup scene yet.

    Indeed, there’s no denying the lure of the male-dominated startup world, even for some Indian women.

    “Sometimes you just get tired of a monotonous way of living,” says Nidhi Tyagi, 26, a female software engineer at Cisco in Bangalore. “You have those three or four years before you turn 30 and settle down where you can take that risk. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s OK.”

    For Aishwarya Jain, a 23-year-old in charge of business development at HackerEarth, the startup option was a no brainer. “I wanted to break and make things, and that is only possible in a startup,” he says.

    And what of security? “That doesn’t really matter,” Jain says. “I’m still very young.”

    For Mohan, working at a big company pales beside the opportunity to do what he calls “big work.”

    “There’s so much at stake in what you do at a startup,” he says. “You mess up, the whole company messes up. You do well, the whole company does well. That sort of thing keeps you burning all the time.”

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    Used with the permission of  http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

    source: http://www.newsroom.cisco.com / Cisco – the network / Home> All News> Feature Series: Focus / by Lawrence Cruz / May 18th, 2014

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    Mandya :

    Despite severe droughts for the past three years, oil palm cultivators in the district have started planting as they are hopeful of a good monsoon this year.

    A total of 267 farmers in seven taluks have taken up the oil palm cultivation in about 270 hectares in Mandya. It has been reported that 86 farmers who planted in 103 hectares got a good yield of 550 metric tonnes in 2013-14. The rest of the area where the oil palm is grown is still in the initial stage.

    The Central government has proposed to spend `3,507 crore during the 12th Five Year Plan to boost oil seeds output and bring additional area of 1.25 lakh hectares under oil palm.

    Under the Rastriya Krishi Vigyan Yojana (RKVY), the government has allocated `22.28 crore to the state for Oil Palm Area Expansion (OPAE). The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with five companies – Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd, Godrej Agrovet, Badhravathi Balaji Oil Mills, Simhapuri Agro Industries Ltd and 3F Oils Ltd regarding the implementation of the oil palm cultivation.

    Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd AGM (Plantation) S Janardhanan told Express that the farmers can get an average yield of 25 MT/Ha by applying the recommended dosage of fertilisers and regularly irrigating the crop.

    He said a farmer at Hebbani village has 13.95 hectares of oil palm and he got a yield of 272 MT last year with an average yield of 19.50 MT/Ha. His yield is expected to increase to 25 MT/Ha this year. The farmer has become an inspiration and model for other farmers, he added.

    In 2013-14, 85 hectares of oil palm was planted in the district and in 2014-15, the plantation has been increased to 125 hectares by the Horticulture Department in co-operation with Ruchi Soya Industries.

    Assistant Director (Horticulture) M Shantha told Expres: “With proper maintenance a minimum yield of 25 MT/Ha can be achieved and a minimum profit of `1 lakh to `1.25 lakh per hectare can be earned.”

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Express News Service / May 19th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    It’s hard to imagine an Indian classical music recital without percussion instruments. And yet, it’s not often that you see those who play them taking centre stage. So with an intention to change this, Pandit Rajgopal Kallurkar began Kallur Mahalaxmi Tabla Vidyalaya.

    With Bangalore as its home, Karnataka’s first tabla- only school recently celebrated its 29th anniversary, and  featured Ustad Fazal Quereshi (Ustad Allah Rakha’s son and Zakir Hussain’s brother), in a solo concert. “I want all the great musicians and artistes to visit the school,” says Kallurkar.

    Starting in 1985, the school follows the guru-shishya parampara model. “I never treat my students as friends,” he says. “And I don’t encourage them to treat me as a friend either. I do inspire a little bit of fear,” he relents.

    While the exponent is particular that the school doesn’t become a money-making enterprise, and teaches only students who are dedicated to the art, it doesn’t look down upon people who don’t want to embrace the art as a career.

    “I talk to all my students from the beginning about the challenges of choosing this as a career. And if they choose to retain it as a hobby, I’m fine with that too so long as they respect and admire the art,” he shares. “And of course, there are those who don’t have the calibre to learn too well, but we have to make the effort,” he adds.

    According to him, a good artiste is a result of a good teacher, dedication and luck.

    His definition of luck also includes a home environment conducive to learning the art, and he tries his best to ensure that he solves his students’ problemst. “When students are close to Class 10, parents believe that tabla is a waste of time. But I usually talk to them, and, even if they don’t send the children to class, I convince them to allow the children to practise. After all, no one can study 24 hours a day, and playing the tabla will only act as a stress-buster,” says the tablist who teaches students ranging from five to 60 years.

    The school offers no short-cuts. “Everyone wants fame and money immediately — haste has become a way with this generation,” he rues.

    Located in Banashankari, the school conducts evening classes from Monday to Friday and morning and weekend classes.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Express News Service / May 28th, 2014

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    May 29th, 2014adminScience & Technology

     Seeking to make Mangalore an important cog in the next big collaborative software venture, the city took its first steps towards joining the world wide network of software programmers and designers.

    With the inauguration of Google Developers Group (GDG), an informal community of developers, on Wednesday, M.V. Karan, lead and founder of the group, said that the city added to the more than 500 such groups in over 100 countries across the globe (including 40 in India).

    “This is the first developer community group in Mangalore, and will be closely linked to the groups in Bangalore, Mysore and Kerala,” he said at the inaugural programme.

    He believed there were more than 12,000 developers in and around the city, and the roadmap would be to bring at least 70 per cent of them under this platform. The idea took off after he got the approval of Google at the start of this year.

    Though the club followed nearly seven years since the inception of GDG in Bangalore, the developers see the Mangalore club catching up in the near future.“While Bangalore took two years to take off, we took just four months…So far, through social networking and other contacts, we have reached out to nearly 10,500 developers here,” said Mr. Karan, a freelance developer himself.

    He said that though the group had Google’s name – they are backing the project – the developers were not connected to the company and could work on any platform.

    Currently, nearly 25 members form the core group, comprising both industry professionals and student developers. Joining the group is free with the only prerequisite of being “active” in the group, he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Mangalore / by Staff Correspondent / Mangalore – May 15th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Biocon has announced that its Chairperson and Managing Director, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, has received the ‘Othmer Gold Medal 2014’, in Philadelphia, USA.

    Established by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in 1997, the annual award honours outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation or philanthropy.

    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the third woman to receive the Othmer Gold Medal and the first Indian to make it to this prestigious group.

    Carsten Reinhardt, President and CEO, CHF, handed over the foundation’s top award to Mazumdar-Shaw during CHF’s Chemical Heritage Day celebration that culminated with the presentation of the Othmer Gold Medal.

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> News / by Anil Urs / Bangalore – May 17th, 2014

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    May 27th, 2014adminBusiness & Economy, Leaders
    P. Vishwanath, K.R. Ramesh, Suresh Kumar Jain, N.Satish, Byregowda

    P. Vishwanath, K.R. Ramesh, Suresh Kumar Jain, N.Satish, Byregowda

    Mysore :

    The following were unanimously elected as office-bearers of Mysore Industries Association (MIA) for 2014-2016 at the bi-annual elections and AGM held on May 18 at the MIA premises in city.

    Former Mayor P. Vishwanath – President; VP of Rane Madras, K.R. Ramesh – Vice-President; Suresh Kumar Jain – General Secretary; N. Satish – Secretary; Byregowda – Treasurer.

    The Executive Committee Members are: R. Puttaswamy, B.A. Sujaya Kumar, Purushotham, S. Raghuram, Shreeshail Ramannavar, P. Kumar, U.S. Sadashiv, N. Lingarajegowda and from Women Reserved category — Nirmala and Arunadevi.

    Addressing the AGM, C.M. Ponnappan of Mysore Polymers mentioned about the construction of Housing Apartments adjacent to Mysore Polymers in Metagalli Industrial Area and said that the construction will affect the smooth functioning of industries.

    Raja Rajeshwari Enterprises’ Anil Bijalani expressed his concern about the non-availability of skilled manpower which may lead to closure of industries in future. He pointed that the ITI and Polytechnic pass-outs are not well trained and fit for the industries at present.

    Addressing the AGM, P. Vishwanath said MIA was planning to have finishing school with multi-skilled development on the job training for 3 years with stipend for ITI and diploma pass-outs. The eligible candidates will be awarded with certificate in association with Department of Employment and Training.

    He also informed the AGM that MIA has already expressed its concern to Government about conversion of Industrial land to Residential plots. Shortly MIA will meet Chief Minister Siddharamiah for speedy action in this regard.

    Suresh Kumar Jain appealed the new MP Pratap Simha to take required action to reopen Small Industries Service Institute of Government of India, which was closed 20 years ago.

    Secretary N. Sathish proposed a vote of thanks.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 22nd, 2014

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     Litterateur Dr. C.P. Krishnakumar (CPK), who released the book at Institution of Engineers on JLB Road here yesterday, is seen with District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President M. Chandrashekar, Yakshagana Academy member Dr. Kabbinale Vasanth Bharadwaj, writer G.S. Bhat, Prof. D. Javaregowda, Mandya District Sahitya Sammelana President Prof. K. Bhyravamurthy, writer Dr. Malali Vasanthkumar and Publisher G. Dwaraknath.

    Litterateur Dr. C.P. Krishnakumar (CPK), who released the book at Institution of Engineers on JLB Road here yesterday, is seen with District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President M. Chandrashekar, Yakshagana Academy member Dr. Kabbinale Vasanth Bharadwaj, writer G.S. Bhat, Prof. D. Javaregowda, Mandya District Sahitya Sammelana President Prof. K. Bhyravamurthy, writer Dr. Malali Vasanthkumar and Publisher G. Dwaraknath.

    Mysore :

    The biography of noted Kannada writer A.N. Murthy Rao, written by litterateur Dr. Malali Vasanthkumar, titled ‘Akkihebbalu Murthy Rao-Jeevana Charitre’ was released here yesterday, by litterateur Dr. C.P. Krishnakumar (CPK) at a function jointly organised by District Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP), DVK Murthy Publications and Karnataka Vichara Vedike at the Institution of Engineers on JLB Road.

    Speaking on the occasion, CPK said that Rao’s books were appreciated by people of all generations as he (Rao) was a multifaced personality with subjects varying from divinity to complex Kannada literature.

    CPK pointed out that Rao could be equated to great litterateurs like Kuvempu, BMSri, P.T. Narasimhachar (PuTiNa) and Masti Venkatesh Iyengar. He said that the biography written by Dr. Malali Vasanthkumar, who had known Rao from close quarters, throws light on every aspect of Rao’s literature.

    Continuing, CPK said that Vasanthkumar had made a list of lapses of Rao and has mentioned the same in the book. When the same was sent to Rao, he had accepted them sportively which indicated his stature, said CPK.

    Litterateur Prof. D. Javaregowda (Dejagow) presided. Mandya District Sahitya Sammelana President Prof. K. Bhyravamurthy, Yakshagana Academy member Dr. Kabbinale Vasanth Bharadwaj, writer G.S. Bhat, Publisher G. Dwaraknath, District KSP President M. Chandrashekar and others were present.

    Protest

    Meanwhile, members of Kannada Nadu Sene and Kannada Sene staged a protest at the book release function venue against CPK and other litterateurs condemning their support for the transfer of NTM School to Ramakrishna Ashram. The Kannada activists also waved black flags and shouted slogans against the group of writers.

    CPK clarifies

    Intervening, CPK clarified that the government had already sanctioned the NTM School and premises to the Ashram for establishing Swami Vivekananda Memorial. Hence, he again stated that any protest on that subject would be futile. CPK regretted that his statement has been misinterpreted.

    He contended that he was not against any Kannada association.

    On hearing the news of the protest, Lakshmipuram Police arrived on the scene and brought the situation under control allowing the programme to go on smoothly.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 22nd, 2014

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    UK Link is a suite of highly complex information and technology systems, managed by Xoserve on behalf of the UK gas industry that ensures smooth running of Britain’s gas market.

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    Country’s third largest software services firm  Wipro  Wednesday said it has bagged a seven-year deal from UK-based Xoserve. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

    Xoserve supports Britain’s gas market through the provision of centralised information and data services for gas transporters and shippers. It is jointly owned by five major gas distribution network companies and National Grid’s Gas Transmission business.

    The Wipro contract is part of the UK Link Programme, which will involve the replacement of Xoserve’s two decade-old legacy UK Link suite of applications with more contemporary technologies, Wipro said in a statement.

    UK Link is a suite of highly complex information and technology systems, managed by Xoserve on behalf of the UK gas industry that ensures smooth running of Britain’s gas market.

    “The new platform will enable Xoserve to meet the expected demand growth generated by the roll-out of Smart Meters in the UK as well as enable Xoserve to be more responsive to changes in the gas market,” Wipro said.

    The UK Link Programme, led by Xoserve and supported by a number of business partners, will help meet a number of customer and industry wide requirements for the medium to long term.

    “This is an immensely prestigious project for us and we look forward to partnering with Xoserve to ensure seamles delivery of this critical programme,” Wipro Global Head Utilities (Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities) business unit Arun Krishnamurthi said.

    The changes will bring in the ability to receive and store more meter readings, to introduce more flexibility in system enhancement and reporting and the ability for the gas market to utilise information from smart meters for the benefit of customers.

    “The UK Link suite of IT systems is the life blood of the competitive gas market; enabling key processes that are critically important to the whole industry,” Xoserve CEO Chris J Murray said.

     Wipro stock price

    On May 23, 2014, Wipro closed at Rs 489.00, up Rs 5.50, or 1.14 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 610.50 and the 52-week low was Rs 315.30.

    The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 29.69 per share as per the quarter ended March 2014. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 16.47. The latest book value of the company is Rs 98.22 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 4.98.

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / MoneyControl.com / Home> News> Business / source: PTI / May 14th, 2014

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    May 25th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Pallavi Ravishankar (sixth from right) is seen with the contestants and the show-stopper Chandhana S. Ghanavi (sixth from left).

    Pallavi Ravishankar (sixth from right) is seen with the contestants and the show-stopper Chandhana S. Ghanavi (sixth from left).

    Mysore :

    Pallavi Ravishankar, who owns Dhenu Creations, a designer boutique and a beauty salon in city, had organised a beauty pageant ‘D-Star’ for the ladies of Mysore, on the occasion of the golden jubilee anniversary celebrations of her in-laws, at JP Fortune Palace here on May 13.

    The event showcased the exclusive collections of Pallavi in which Kannada cine actor Srinagara Kitty was the chief guest and Anushree of Big Boss was the MC. The event had an audience of more than 2,500. Pallavi and Ravishankar’s daughter, Chandhana S. Ghanavi, was the show-stopper of the event.

    Eleven contestants were awarded various titles in different categories — Miss Beautiful Smile: Rithika Gupta; Miss Talented: Neusa; Miss Photogenic: Thanvi Muthamma; Miss Ten: Sarah; Miss Congeniality: Poorva; Miss Beautiful Hair: Punya: Miss Beautiful Skin: Apoorva; Miss Iconic Eyes: Pooja Jain; Best Catwalk: Tenyah; Best Personality: Monica Raikar and Best Dressed: Sushmitha Gowda.

    Neusa was adjudged the winner of the beauty pageant, with Rithika Gupta emerging first runner-up and Thanvi Muthamma, second runner-up.

    Photography and video for the event was by Dinesh & team and make-up and hairstyling by Nagesh, a celebrity make-up and hair artist; sound and lighting by Shreedhar and team and stage design by Prakash Palya.

    The event provided a great platform the ladies of Mysore to showcase their talent and make a fashion statement.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 20th, 2014

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