The Karnataka Sheep and Wool Development Corporation is turning its focus on modern methods of rearing new breeds of sheep.
At the inaugural of a one-day technical workshop here for shepherds of Dharwad district, Panditrao Chidri, corporation chairman, said, “The country has seen many revolutions like White Revolution and the Green Revolution. But, sheep-rearing has not gone through any revolution. The sector needs a big revolution in order to cater to the needs of the public. The corporation has decided to distribute Nari Suvarana sheep, a breed specially reared for meat production that can be reared all through the year.”
He stressed on the need to rear unique breeds, %with each sheep weighing 30-40 kg, within six months. He pointed out that shepherds sell their ram and sheep, without weighing them, at throwaway prices. This, he added, has turned into a windfall for butchers or middlemen. “To avoid such situations, the corporation has decided to install weighing machines at all sheep-selling markets in the state at a cost of Rs 5 crore.”
The Karnataka Sheep and Wool Development Corporation is also expanding its services to new territories. It earlier had offices in just six districts. “Now, we have set up offices in 23 districts. So, shepherds can visit our offices and get all the information they want,” said Chidri.
He said the corporation will conduct a mass convention in Davanagere next month to urge the state government to raise the fund allocation for it from Rs 50 crore to Rs 500 crore in the next budget.
He also asked shepherds to open new credit cooperative societies. “As of now, we have 320 such societies in the state. We have to raise the number to 1,000.We have to turn the corporation into a federation,” said Chidri. MLA CS Shivalli, deputy director of animal husbandry and veterinary services Dr R Anand Gupta and others were present
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Hubballi / TNN / March 31st, 2015
Antara Mukherji has found an outlet for her creativity in Enthucutlets
Antara Mukherji calls her setup Enthucutlets and the name would resonate with Bangaloreans on so many levels. Established in September 2010, Antara, creates and sells handmade and upcycled products (through her Facebook page-www.facebook.com/Enthucutlets) such as organisers, pin boards, magnetic boards, blackboards, handmade boxes and quirky kitchen art prints, among other interesting items.
While Antara was a graphic artist with a packaging and branding firm, Namrata, her founding partner, who has now gone back to day job, had a background in textiles. “It was our love for handmade and all things quirky, that enticed us,” says Antara. “Even before we started off officially, we made some fun accessories for our kitchen and people asked if they could have it too. Soon enough, Enthucutlets was born.”
Antara admits she had her “fair share of trouble organising, sorting, and planning. Not being that tech-savvy didn’t help too much either. I figured there must other people like me who could do with some help and who would in turn would support our project and buy our products. What we make at Enthucutlets are for those who thrive on chaos and would like a way around it if not out of it. And most of the products actually work towards articulating one’s life.”
Eco-friendly principles and practices come naturally to Antara. “I try to recycle everything and that sometimes makes the process of churning out products slow. But I also enjoy personalising orders according to people’s requirements and that’s the specialty of Enthucutlets.
“The journey so far has been an uphill task but I feel the gap between efforts and rewards is slowly being bridged. I am not too worried about numbers right now so the challenges currently include improving the quality of the products and continuing to create something beautiful yet meaningful and useful.”
Looking forward, she says: “Enthucutlets has been an outlet for me to express my creativity and I now see it also drifting into very meaningful territory for young children and women (hopefully the men will follow suit!). In our urban context there is a considerable lack of interest in cooking and eating home cooked meals and our lifestyle troubles have escalated. Food activism interests me. Therefore, using art and craft as useful tools, I would like to make products that can bring the family back together, at home, in the kitchen, and around the dining table.”
This column features those who choose to veer off the beaten track
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Neeti Sarkar / Bengaluru – March 31st, 2015
Panambur Beach in Mangaluru will witness Indian Open of Surfing (IOS), national surfing event by Surfing Federation of India (SFI), from May 29 to 31.
International surfers from Australia and cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who is the International Surfing Ambassador of India, are expected to take part as judges for the event. IOS is being organised for the first time in Karnataka. More than 100 surfers from various states of the nation are expected to take part in four categories of Stand up Paddle Board surfing championship to be held in three days. Added attraction during the event will be demonstrations on kite surfing and wind surfing by expert surfers of SFI.
SFI vice-president Ram Mohan Paranjape said that the IOS event will be held in association with Karnataka tourism department, Dakshina Kannada district administration, Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project (PBTDP), Mantra Surf Club of Mulky, New Mangalore Port Trust and corporate sponsors. “We have made a presentation to tourism minister R V Deshpande and he has agreed to provide government support. Main objectives of SFI are promoting surfing and thereby provide platform for young talents. Surfing will be held in four categories – under 16 years, 17 – 22 years, 23 – 28 years and above 28,” he said.
While it will require nearly Rs 25 lakh for the conduct of the event, Rs 6 lakh will be reserved for prize money for winners in all categories, Ram said. “We will make all necessary arrangements including transportation, food and accommodation for surfers and judges during their stay in Mangaluru. All necessary arrangements will also be made to take care of the safety aspects of surfers. Lifeguards, on spot medical team, ambulance and professional surfers will be deputed for the safety of surfers,” he added.
Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim said the district administration will extend all support for the success of the event.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangalore / by Vinobha K T, TNN / March 30th, 2015
March 30th, 2015Arts, Culture & Entertainment
City crafters suggest some interesting new ideas to channel your creative energy
If happiness is handmade, crafting should be made more popular! Crafters in the city suggest some interesting new ideas to channel your creative energy and include your kids in some fun activities during their vacation.
Manveen Kaur, co-founder of Hobby in a Box, recommends sponge painting. “Use a stencil and paints and use sponge to apply paints on the clothes you like. Sponge is easy to use and mess free so you can do this activity with your kids. Also, the texture sponge painting yields is great. Washi tape crafts are also in this season. Use colourful washi tapes (designer tapes) to upcycle your pencils, notebooks and photo frames too. You can mix and match different tapes to create your own patterns.”
For those who love mason jar and wine bottle crafts, you could indulge in some spray painting. “With my daughter’s birthday coming up next week, the two of us have been painting mason jars to hold straws, napkins, etc. So we have lemon yellow jars and watermelon inspired ones. All you need is a bunch of old jam bottles, spray/acrylic paint, a paintbrush if you plan on painting the jars from the outside, and maybe a green ribbon to tie at the neck of the jar for that fruity look,” says Roshni Sharma, a stay-at-home mom.
Suma Noronha, owner of Bottles Up and mother of a three-year-old, says, “Summer holidays are here and it’s a task to keep kids occupied indoors so why not get together with your kids and paint a wall of their room with chalkboard paint so they can use it to scribble on and parents can use it to write down summer holiday rules!”
She also suggests: “Buy a cement birdbath at any roadside nursery and paint it with a nice summery bright colour or even better, work on them with broken pieces of tiles to make your own mosaic design or just go crazy with patterns, the birds won’t mind. It adds life to your balcony and the birds could do with more water during the summer.” Archana Jain, proprietor of Mithilah Srishti-Cradle of Creations suggests CD recycling this summer. “Clear out old/damaged/unused CDs that you don’t plan to use in the future and cut them into small pieces. Stick these on canvas and you’ve got yourself a lovely décor element. Another easy project would be to wind rope around old glass bottles to give your living space a vintage inspired getup.”
If you’re looking to add colour to your living space, why not get your kids to paint the wings of your table fan in different colours for that rainbow effect when it’s switched on.
If your kids have wax crayons leftover at the end of their school year, melt these crayons to create a colourful wax candle in a shot glass. You can even repurpose old tins and use them as lanterns for your balcony by punching holes into the tins, painting them in different shades, and placing a tea light candle in each tin.
There are so many more crafts that are trending this summer and otherwise too. From knitting, and jewellery making to clay modelling, and greeting card making, there are really a gazillion ways to express your creativity.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Neeti Sarkar / March 30th, 2015
The Science class in Anthony Claret School in the city is abuzz. Children are learning about photosynthesis. They have in their hands a gadget that beeps when it touches a leaf where photosynthesis is on. Every time there is a beep, there is a round of cheer around. Teaching of Science in some classrooms is changing with efforts to explore the subject better. A Bengaluru-based startup is helping in this endeavour in several schools in the country today. Started by a couple of IIT and IIM graduates, who were tired of their MNC jobs, Experifun designs and develops low cost Science gadgets that can be used in classrooms. The gadgets, uncomplicated and non-flashy, can be used by teachers to explain concepts faster, make learning interesting and inculcate the habit of questioning in children. “We studied in a government school in a small Bihar village. We hardly had any solid teaching in Science there. We know what will work in a place like that. We want the product to reach such schools,” said Rakesh Kumar, founder. The two-year-old startup has created 22 gadgets on various Science topics for classes 6 to 10 and will add six more soon. The team comprises 10 people, including professionals, who have worked in universities abroad. An IIT-IIM graduate, Rakesh has 15 years of work experience in corporate sector. Vivek Pandey, the cofounder, is an electrical engineer from IIT and has 13 years of experience. “When I interact with schools, I find teaching is completely text-based with little practical knowledge. For a lesson on light, the lab uses gadgets like lens that are 15 years old. We decided to create something innovative,” said Rahul Kundu, a team member.
“Often, schools get very expensive gadgets but don’t let children touch it. Also, they need to go to a lab to make anything practical oriented. We wanted to create something portable and light so that it can be easily taken to the class, handled by children and lets teachers complete their syllabus on time,” said Rakesh. “The children get to use the gadgets. It is simple and safe,” said Bindu Pillai, a Science teacher at the Anthony Claret school. Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF), an education fund run by UK-based education company Pearson has invested in the startup. The company has also tied up with government schools in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE
When you hold a battery, does current flow? You will tend to think it doesn’t because we associate some action with flowing current, like seeing a bulb light up or hearing a bell ring. Pressing an Insulator-Conductor gadget to a material, students can check if it is a good conductor or not.
A common example of charge transfer/static electricity is rubbing hair with a balloon and then picking up paper pieces with the balloon. But one can’t see the charge with other materials. Charge Sensor gadget enables that via light.
It allows students to see plants make food in real time. They can interact with the plant by changing the amount of light falling on it and get instant feedback with the gadget.
The periodic table is not a well-loved topic in school because students have to memorize the order, properties and trends in it. Using some basic math and common sense, students can create their own table using MenDIYleev product, and experience firsthand what the chemist Mendeleev did when he first created it.
It allows students to visualize the digestive system: where the food gets broken down, who does it and why it needs to be done. They can see what food is actually made of and break it down themselves.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Bengaluru / by Sruthy Susan Ullas, TNN / March 30th, 2015
March 30th, 2015Arts, Culture & Entertainment
He is the most sought-after man in the Assembly hall. Clad in a white uniform and carrying five boxes of spices containing yalakki (cardamom) and lavang (clove) in his five pockets, Mudulingaiah has a cooling effect on our netas. From chief ministers Ramakrishna Hegde to J H Patel and B S Yeddyurappa to Siddaramaiah, all have relied on him.
Mudulingaiah, popularly known as ‘Lavang Gowda’, is an attender at the Legislative Assembly and has been distributing these ‘mouth fresheners’ to netas, officials, visitors and journalists. Apart from cardamom and clove, he carries arecanuts and dried pieces of gooseberry.
Though attenders are on ‘call attention’ and run around the hall when netas need something, Mudulingaiah does that and more.
He fulfils the legislators’ ‘supplementary demands’ for cardamom or clove, especially during the post-lunch session. This keeps them alert, he says.
Mudulingaiah joined the secretariat service as an attender during the tenure of then chief minister D Devraj Urs. It was during Ramakrishna Hegde’s tenure that he was posted as an attender in the Assembly hall. “One day, then minister P G R Scindia asked me if I had any clove. I did not have any at that time. But I purchased cardamom and clove for `1 from a store and gave it to him. Since then, it has become a habit to give spices to whoever asked. Many of them, including Hegde, Patel, Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar, Speaker Kagodu Thimappa and Siddaramaiah have picked up spices from my boxes. However, chief ministers S M Krishna and Bangarappa did not have the habit of chewing spices,” he said.
Mudulingaiah, a resident of Srinagara, buys spices and dry gooseberry for `200 a day from an ayurveda store during the session. A few give him tips. Both Mudulingaiah’s children, who have done MBA, are working in private firms.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by K. ShivaKumar / March 30th, 2015
Writing on the wall
No. of libraries* in state:7,239
Total books:163.42 lakh
Members83.28 lakh (41.10 lakh male; 42.18 lakh female)
Source: Department of Public Libraries |
*Including district central libraries, city central libraries, branches, community libraries, children’s libraries (district), hospital libraries, gram panchayat, mobile and slum libraries
Libraries lie quiet, not quite out yet
Sheela Balasubramaniam, 48, is responsible for the cleanliness of East Bengaluru City Central Library. However, calling her mere housekeeping staff is an understatement. For, she also makes entries in the register and brings in new members.
She would have been rewarded for multi-tasking if she had been in the corporate sector. But working in a government library, she is struggling to make ends meet. “I’ve not been paid for four months now. When I joined this library 18 years ago, my salary was Rs 550, now it is Rs 5,000, yet I do not know if I am a permanent employee,” she told TOI. Her colleagues too face the similar predicament even as members complain that it’s been more than a month since they saw newspapers in the library. Far away, Readerslib library in Bellandur, a private facility, has remained shut for three years, while ThinkBox, a children’s library in Vignan Nagar, has seen a decline in the annual membership. Bhakti Shah, 45, who runs ThinkBox, however, says that her library will continue. That libraries are plagued by problems — caused by decline in the serious ‘reading habit’ and advent of ebooks — is apparent if one visits a few of the about 255 libraries in Bengaluru, 199 of which are run by the government. However, libraries are still here to stay, say old patrons and those running successful libraries. For instance, Just Books, which has 30 branches in Bengaluru, has opened branches in Mangaluru and Mysuru. The British Council Library is still a hit while the Central Library in Cubbon Park continues to get new members. The absolute number of members is increasing, giving libraries an extended lease of life. Gautham Kumar, 71, an old patron says, “I agree there are a lot of innovations. Even I use some of them, but the use for a library is not going anywhere anytime soon… There is no substitution to the library.” When asked about the situation, Satish Kumar Hosamani, director of the public libraries department, said, “The number of books is increasing because we have members. I don’t disagree that there are problems, but no ebook reader can replace the library, at least not yet.”
Demand rises in Royal City Mysuru:
Increasing popularity of e-books and the comfort of the internet notwithstanding, demand for libraries is growing in Mysuru. However, library authorities are unable to set up more branches due to dearth of funds. Mysuru has 18 libraries and 14 service centres run by the City Central Library. It is visited by nearly 800 people, including 300 students, every day. The city also has a community children centre at J P Nagar, which has comics, story books and games. Besides, public are demanding for libraries in Hebbal and B M Sri Nagar. If libraries are facing any problem, it’s only of lack of space and funds. Some were shifted to alternative places due to insufficient space and lack of facilities. B Manjunath, deputy director of the department of public libraries, said: “We have great demand for new libraries. We want to develop libraries at all the 65 wards in the city. But dearth of funds is a major problem.”
Big fount of Kannada literature in M’luru
In the mid-80s, one had to jostle with the milling crowd at private libraries and stand in queues to borrow books. That’s a thing of the past in Mangaluru. Take the case of Standard Library established in 1982 by Victor Alvares. It has 1,200 members but only 10% of them are regular — most of them in their mid-40s. Alvares notes that most parents refuse to pass on their reading habit to their wards. “Summer camps or refresher course or tuitions that children attend eat up all their time,” notes Sarah, a reader. Now, hardly five private libraries remain in the city – one each at Balmatta, Light House, Hill Road, Lalbagh and Bejai. “We are surviving because of old readers. Present generation has lost interest in reading,” says Jerald Fernandes, owner of Readers Delight, which used to be filled with students in the 80s. On the contrary, the government-run Central Library, which has 19 branches, has seen an increase in membership as it largely caters to Kannada literature enthusiasts apart from newspaper reading public. They are visited by students as competitive books are also available.
Going is still good in twin cities
Libraries in Hubballi-Dharward are here to stay even as some private facilities are facing the heat of digital innovations. This can be gauged from the fact that the government has opened seven new libraries here in the last 14 years and upgraded the others. The public libraries department runs 24 branch libraries in Hubballi-Dharwad, besides 18 service libraries at the premises of various departments and employees unions. “The libraries have been getting more readers after their upgradation with digitization of books and computerization of all information,” says M B Karigar, deputy director at head office of library department. However, two private libraries are in a state of chaos. Saraswati Vidyaranya Vachanalaya, opened in 1925, has reduced its working hours to 2 hours, while the Nagarkar Library, opened in 1897, has been closed for 2 months due to various reasons. Neelesh Ganiger, a patron of the central library, said students like going to government libraries because of the facilities there instead of private ones.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Bengaluru / TNN / March 30th, 2015
March 30th, 2015Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Historical Links, Pre-Independence, Nature, Records, All, Travel
Campaign by Team Yuva saves a huge old banyan tree from the axe at Bidar fort
Campaigns to save trees are aplenty, but the one taken up by a group of youngsters in Bidar is unique because it is linked to history and a particularly quirky detail of history at that. At the centre of a campaign by Team Yuva is a banyan tree inside the Bidar fort, in front of the Rangeen Mahal. The Archaeological Survey of India (AIS) is rethinking its proposal to cut the tree thanks to this campaign.
The historical importance of the tree dates back to the time of Nawab Nasir Ud Daula Bahadur, the Governor of Bidar appointed by the Hyderabad Nizam. He had created a “department of monkeys” and appointed “monkey inspectors” (Daroga-E-Bandaran). They were supposed to keep a count of the langurs and feed them. Every day at noon, the guards fed the monkeys rotis, fruits and jaggery. This unusual ritual often happened under this tree, says Ghulam Yazdani in the book ‘Bidar: Its History and Monuments’.
The grants given by the Nizam for this purpose, started in early 19th century, continued till Independence.
“Losing the tree is like losing a part of our heritage. We have petitioned the State government, district administration and the ASI,” said Vinay Malge, secretary of Team Yuva. The team has asked ASI to include the tree in their landscaping plans.
Mouneshwar Kuruvatti, Conservation Assistant of ASI at Bidar, said they had asked the Forest Department to assess the health of the tree as it was old and could fall on tourists. “We will take steps to preserve the tree, after consultation,” he said.
Deputy Conservator of Forests S. Dhananjay said the ASI had earlier submitted a requisition to cut down the tree.
“However, we will assess the condition of the tree to see if it poses danger to passersby or nearby buildings. If it can be saved by pruning or by supporting, we will take those steps,” he said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Telangana / by Rishikesh Bahadur Desai / Bidar – March 30th, 2015
Onyx, the entrepreneurship cell of National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru, has been awarded with the prestigious ‘E-Cell Entre Eco System Builder’ award, for its contributions and support for the development of entrepreneurship in the community.
On behalf of Onyx, K.G. Rajaram, Head, Innovation & Incubation, NIE, received the award from noted writer Rashmi Bansal of ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ fame, at the Entrepreneurship Educators Conclave (EEC), organised by the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) of Wadhwani Foundation in association with Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India; British Council, Intel and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, at New Delhi on Mar.11.
Out of 300 institutions from across the country assessed for this award, NIE was adjudged as leader in entrepreneurship promotion and the best E-cell.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / March 24th, 2015
Emphasis was on technology and entrepreneurship at the 40th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) here on Friday. As many as 592 students graduated during the ceremony.
Seven students take home gold medals at the annual convocation. They are: Kakarla Usha, Ramesha G.,Rachit Kothari, Naveen Prashanth, Debaprasad Chatterjee, Saurabh Agarwal and Anupam Nanda.
Setting the mood for the evening, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson, Board of Governors, IIMB, urged the graduates to “think like entrepreneurs, not just managers.”
“We are living in times of rapid change where the global business landscape is transforming radically. If you look at the Fortune 500 companies’ list, you will see that 86 per cent of them have either disappeared or dropped off the list,” she said.
“Many B-school graduates seem to have been infected by the entrepreneurial energy emanating from today’s e-commerce firms,” Ms. Shaw said.
Referring to a survey on B-schools, she said one in every nine students from the 2013-15 batch prefers to join an e-commerce firm or a start-up after graduation as compared to just one in 19 students in the 2012-14 batch.
Similar to Ms. Shaw’s train of thought on technology and globalisation creating a world that is a “boundary-less bazaar of equitable opportunities”, IIMB Director Sushil Vachani said the first important area of focus for the institute has been an increasing emphasis on globalisation of its programs, research and impact. “This year, we launched new international field courses and dramatically raised the number of PGP students who travelled abroad for study,” he said.
Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairperson, Narayana Group of Hospitals, who delivered the convocation address, offered a unique plan to provide health cover for people in the country – paying some part of their mobile bill towards the cause.
“India has 850 million mobile phone users. If each one of them can pay Rs. 20 a month of their mobile bills, we can provide health insurance to all,” he said. Comparing this to the Yeshasvini insurance scheme of the State government, he said, “Ten years ago, the government accepted the proposal to collect Rs. 5 per month from every farmer to provide them health insurance.”
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by K.C. Deepika / Bengaluru – March 28th, 2015