Dr. P.V. Salimath, presently working as Research Director at JSS Medical College, Mysuru and a renowned biochemist, has been conferred with the “Fellow of Association of Carbohydrate Chemists & Technologists (I)” at the recently held conference in Pondicherry University, Puducherry, by The Association of Carbohydrate Chemists & Technologists (India).
The award has been bestowed in recognition of Dr. Salimath’s work carried out at CFTRI, Mysuru, on Science and Technology of Food Carbohydrates.
Dr. Salimath, a Ph.D holder in Food Carbohydrates, has more than three decades of research experience on carbohydrates of importance in foods. Beginning on the functional aspects of food carbohydrates and glycoproteins in buffalo colostrum, his research work has added to the understanding of the role of constituents of basement membrane during diabetic nephropathy and beneficial effect of foods and plants of medicinal value.
He has guided 12 students for Ph.D and has published more than 100 research papers in reputed journals. Dr. Salimath also had a stint of working in prestigious Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany (1981-1983), Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (1992), as well as at La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, USA (1993). He retired on Nov.30, 2014 after an illustrious career spanning more than three decades in research from CSIR-CFTRI.
Dr. Salimath has served on committees of national importance such as the Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology as well as Indian Council of Medical Research.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com /Star of Mysore / Home> General News / January 31st, 2016
Dominating building with Enchanting entrance !
by R.Chandra Prakash
Revathi Prasad left his poverty-ridden homeland at a tender age to distant unknown places, to eke out a living, without a basic sense of local languages and cultures, and ended up in establishing Bombay Anand Bhavan in the year 1921 in Mysore. He belonged to Agarwal community and his ancestors had a petty kirana shop in the village Banail, in present Western Uttar Pradesh. Before coming to Mysore, he had undergone apprenticeship in making sweets and maintaining accounts with a relative in Nagapattnam. Over a period of 40 years between 1921 and 1961, the shrewd business sense of Revathi Prasad, very well-supported by sincere and hard-working Ramachandra Sharma (Masterji), a Brahmin from the same village, went on to make Bombay Anand Bhavan (BAB) a gem in the crown of Makkaji Chowk, the “Kohinoor” of sort.
The two roads, H.R. Street and K.T.Street, joined into a V-shaped triangle from a higher elevation, staring down at a very imposing three-storied, double-winged stately building. Its dominant nature was further enhanced as it was separated from other buildings in the neighbourhood by two lanes on its either sides. Large English name board on the first floor, supplemented by a Kannada name board on the second floor; and a vertical tall neon sign board — BAB — at the centre of the second floor enhanced the building’s dominating character. This building certainly gave the customers a feel of entering a very imposing a mansion of grandeur.
The entrance of BAB was a very powerful commercial proposition and complimented the business carried on inside. BAB had three commercial outlets in the front. First, a Beedi Shop on the left of the entrance. Second, the Sweet Meat Stall on the right. One had to climb four wide but comfortable steps between them to enter the Hotel. Third, on the extreme right, besides the Sweet Meat Stall, there was a Newspaper shop.
The Beedi Shop and Balakrishna
The outer periphery of the Beedi Shop was semi-circular in shape. At the outer edge of the shop there was highly polished two parallel brass pipe railings. There was glass and wood showcase behind the brass railings. On the wall of the shop there were wooden shelves with small partitions. Here one found cigarettes of all brands — Wills, Players, Passing Show, Berkley, Scissors, Blue Navy Cut, Char Minar and, of course, that sweet smelling Marcopolo in a brown blackish tin box! Some expensive cigarettes such as Players and Wills were available in paper packets as also round tin boxes. Biscuits of every type and brand, including Milk Maid brand Glucose biscuits with its own special mild sweet fragrance in waxed cardboard packing. They were imported from Australia in those days. Hair oils of different brands, Horlicks and perfumes were also on display. One also saw the colourful key chains, nail cutters, hanging on hooks on the partition boards of the shelves, so also the colourful cigar lighters, purses and, of course, the metallic boxes for keeping cigarettes.
Also available were the beedis of all brands in paper wrapped small bundles of 25 beedies — Mangalore Ganesh beedi, Puttu Shet beedi, Peer beedi, Hari Bhai red thread, Hari Bhai green thread; and, of course, Cuban Cigar wrapped in transparent sheets and stacked in thin plywood boxes. Match boxes of all varieties and sizes and not to forget very popular brand of Cheeta Fight, Snuff powders – Ambal and Andal brands in small tin canisters were available.
One could also find aerated soda, kept in watered wooden round crates to keep the bottles cold and the contents fresh. There was the very popular Goli [glass ball] Bottled Soda. One could get Orange, Lemon and Cola Goli soda as well. The metal-capped drinks were a bit expensive and Goli sodas were cheaper and very popular.
Balakrishna, a very devout Kaali Bhakta from Kerala, was employed as its salesman. He was a very lean person but had long, dangling, coiled and well oiled hair grown in honour of Kaali. He performed multiple tasks sitting cross-legged on an elevated seat on the eastern side small corner of the shop. Making a Paan ( made out of betel leaf) was his speciality. He would mix various ingredients stored in different boxes and bottles of varied shapes and dimensions, as per the need of a given customer. Scented tobacco, more so Baba Jarda of varying potency was put only on special requests for an extra charge. What an expertise Balakrishna had in this task. Later, his younger brother Mani joined him. Subsequently, both of them set up their own Beedi Shop near the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower.
On the right hand corner, just beside the seat of Balakrishna, a coir rope with burning tip hanged, kerosene lamp with lighted wicks and box containing the cut pieces of cigarette cardboard packets to help light the beedies and cigarettes were fixed to the wooden pillar.
This small, heavily loaded with convenience goods Beedi Shop supplemented the culinary delight inside the hotel. It was by habit that people chewed Paan and smoked Beedi, Cigarette or Cigar after the sumptuous meal in the hotel.
Sweet-meat Stall and the “Malavalli Boys”
Sweet-meat was a special area of interest for the owner for two reasons. He was the original promoter of such North Indian sweets to Mysore and Mysoreans. Unlike the other eatables, sweet-meat is a purchase for emotional and compulsive satisfaction of the customers.
BAB’s sweet-meat stall was a rectangular shop right at the centre of the building, perched over the footpath at a height of about two-and-half-feet above the ground. At the back end of the shop was a huge mirror in a teakwood frame, in a slanted position, top portion projecting a bit outward and lower portion pushed-in. This gave a special angle to the mirror and also the display. Mirror magnified the dimension of the shop and its contents, apart from giving more than life-size look to the items on display due to bright lighting from the roof of the stall. Each sweetmeat was specially arranged on a large stainless steel plate and silver foils were stuck to each one of them. These large plates of sweet-meat were arranged on white marble steps, which gave them maximum exposure to the customer standing at the lower end of the shop. Savouries were arranged at lower steps. There were two seats on either sides of the shop from where two salesmen attended to the customers during rush hours.
Bombay Anand Bhavan sweets were prepared with pure ghee and had earned fame all over the State. The credit should also go Linga, the specialist in making sweets and Chenna, the specialist in making crisp and mouth-watering savouries. Both of them were middle-aged and came from villages near Mallavalli. They always proclaimed proudly that they were “Malavalli ka hudugas – the boys.” They were ably supported by Murugesh, who supplied raw materials to these two master-chefs. Each of them had very interesting personalities of their own.
Newspaper Shop and Jinarajaiah
When a Newspaper and Book Shop was opened in the BAB building, there were not many such shops in Mysore. It was a shop of small width but large length with a large glass frontage. This was rented by Raja Rao of Newspaper House-fame but given to one Jinarajaiah to run it on his behalf. Jinarajaiah was a sturdy looking and very hard working person. Every day he extended the shop by a foldable tin platform on which he displayed his newspapers, magazines and even books. He would spend couple of hours in the day in arranging his wares in the morning and putting them back into stacks in the evening. He was very friendly with the customers and even suggested which magazine or book would be of interest to them. Gradually he built up a very credible clientele. Young and old gentlemen and even a few female clients came to this shop to satisfy their hunger for news and knowledge. Reading was the main source of knowledge in those days. TV was unheard of. On the days of release of new Kannada books there would be huge crowds waiting for the bundles to be opened. Such was the magnetic personality of Jinarajaiah.
Newspapers of all hues from English Madras Mail to Times of India, The Hindu to Deccan Herald; Kannada Thai Naadu to Prajavani; Tamil Dina Tanti to Dina Mani; Hindi Hidustan to Navabharat Times; and even one or two Malayam, Telugu and Gujarati newspapers were available. Those were the heydays of political and cultural upheaval in the Madras State, and everyday large crowds of patrons of language and politics back home used to wait for the arrival of Dina Tanti by afternoon train.
Prajamatha, Koravanji and later on Sudha and Kasturi became the popular Kannada magazines. In Tamil, Kumudam, Kalki and Kadir were popular. On the days when Narasimhaiah’s detective book and the books by Tarasu or Anakru were released, there used to be huge crowds at the shop. Posters were hung at the shop announcing the date of release of these books. The shop attracted Kannada writers, intellectuals, professionals and artists. Artist Tippeswamy was a regular there. Weeklies and fortnightlies from England and children’s cartoon magazines like Lion and Tiger were also available. Sold on stealth were pornography and sun bathers — naturalists, photo magazines. Later on, may be out of financial compulsions, even the cheap porno books and booklets in Kannada were sold here.
Jinarajaiah is said to have committed suicide due to some domestic reasons. If it were so, it is an unfortunate end of a very passionate and knowledgeable workaholic.
These three shops at the entrance of Bombay Anand Bhavan by themselves were very important and lucrative commercial enterprises. They were benefited by the large clientele of BAB and at the same time they built their own categories of customers. Jointly they generated great business and intellectual activities in Makkaji Chowk.
[Makkaji Chowk-5: Bombay Anand Bhavan (Part – II) will recall the hotel business inside the BAB building]
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / Sunday – January 31st, 2016
It is to mark the 25th anniversary of the annual flower and fruit show
More than one lakh varieties of flower and fruit from across the country are on display at the 25th edition of the annual flower and fruit show being held on the premises of the Horticulture Department here. It has been organised by the Department of Horticulture and the District Horticulture Association.
According to official sources, the association was formed in 1981 to create awareness among the people on different varieties of flower and fruit grown in the State.
The show also focuses on the steps that growers should take to get more yield by utilising the available resources in the district.
The major attractions at the show are flower arrangements depicting Shravan Kumar, who devoted his life for serving his parents and Gautham Buddha.
Different varieties of flower such as orchids, carnation plants, cockscomb, celosia, lilies, salvia, cosmos and pentas are on display.
More than 10,000 saplings of each variety have been exhibited. Farmers from six taluks of the district have been given the opportunity to exhibit the best quality fruits and flowers grown on their land. “It took five months for the authorities to make preparations for the show and develop the garden on the premises of the Horticulture Department,” sources said.
The authorities have also organised competitions such as rangoli, essay writing, drawing, singing, and preparation of fancy dresses by using flowers and fruits.
Prizes would be given to winners of these competitions on the concluding day.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by Pradeepkumar Kadkol / Chitradurga – January 31st, 2016
Sitting from left: AKKA Vice-President Sharath Bhandari, founder-President Amarnath Gowda, Joint Secretary Yamuna Nagaraj, incumbent President Raj Patil and former President Dr. Halekote Vishwamitra, who were felicitated at a function organised by Kannada Abhimani Balaga in city on Wednesday, are seen with folklorist Prof. Kalegowda Nagawara, former MP A.H. Vishwanath, writer Gubbigoodu Ramesh and others.
The office-bearers of Association of Kannada Kootas of America (AKKA) were felicitated at a function organised by Kannada Abhimani Balaga at Nagamma Nagaraj Kalyana Mantap in Vishweswaranagar in city.
Speaking after inaugurating the function, former MP A.H. Vishwanath lauded the role of AKKA in spreading the aroma of Kannada in America. Recalling his visit to USA for the AKKA meet chaired by its Founder- President Amarnath Gowda a couple of years ago, Vishwanath said that AKKA is doing its best to introduce Kannada language and culture to Americans.
He further said that Amarnath Gowda, a lawyer by profession, was always keen on resolving issues concerning Kannadigas in America.
AKKA President Raj Patil in his address, said that AKKA was introducing a tour package for Kannadigas visiting AKKA conferences in USA. Pointing out that efforts will be made for issuing passport, visa and travel arrangements through local travel agents, he said that more details will be hosted in the website shortly. He further said the next AKKA meet will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA from Sept. 2 to 4 this year.
‘Pouranika Ranga Chavadi’ President Sangapura Nagaraj, who delivered the keynote address, gave a brief on the activities of AKKA and Kannada Abhimani Balaga.
AKKA founder-President Amarnath Gowda, incumbent President Raj Patil, former President Dr. Halekote Vishwamitra, Vice-President Sharath Bhandari and Joint Secretary Yamuna Nagaraj were felicitated. Later, AKKA office-bearers honoured farmer Gowregowda of Chikkakoppalu village in K.R. Nagar Taluk, Ravi Varma School of Arts Principal H. Krishnamurthy, Vyjayanti Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya Principal Shivakumar and Charan of Karunamayi School for the Specially-abled. Littérateur Prof. Kalegowda Nagawara spoke on the topic ‘The relevance of Kannada literature in other countries’.
Writer Gubbigoodu Ramesh presided. Karnataka Nataka Academy member B.M. Ramachandra, former District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President M. Chandrashekar, former Secretary K.S. Shivaramu and teacher C.T. Dharmapal were present.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / January 29th, 2015
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The Devannahalli fort, which stands 35 kms away from Bengaluru, is older than the city itself by 37 years.
The fort has been occupied by different dynasties over time. It was built in 1501 by Kempegowda’s ancestor, Malla Baire Gowda. But in 1747, in a battle led by Nanjarajaiah, the dalwai of Mysore, the clan lost it to the Wadiyar dynasty. Marathas later claimed it and lost it back to the Mysore state, in a siege led by Hyder Ali in 1746.
Arun Prasad, from Discover Bangalore Project, says that though Hyder captured the fort, it was his son Tipu Sultan who was responsible for modelling and building the Pulkad fort.
The town surrounding the fort was meant to be a a centre of learning and arts. “The Devannahalli town was supposed to be a place for learned artisans and intellectuals to inhabit,” says Prasad.
Devannahalli was a town typical of the time, with protected farmlands and fields. A lake, behind the fort and seen from the bastions, was meant to serve the needs of the inhabitants.
Today, the lake is dried up and is a sad sight to notice. Prasad blames it on poor urban planning. Earlier, a highway used to pass through the western part of the town. Now, a road has been built, which passes over the lake. A good portion of the lake was used up for it.
“The lake has always been rain-fed. But the new road cut the lake away from the adjoining canals and channels,” says Prasad. “The rain water could not flow in and the lake dried up. The vast area of 400-500 kms metres has only weeds and little water due to rains. You can also spot some tattered measurement devices, which was a failed attempt to study the level of water in the lake.”
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Built on a higher ground, the bastions were used to keep a watch out for the enemy. The fort is 30 to 35 feet high and bastions, along the fort, are placed at equal distance from each other. “The bastions have well protected chambers, used by soldiers. The gun points are holes in the wall which can still be seen today. They are built from lime and brick. The holes were used to keep guns during the war,” adds Prasad.
South-west of the fort, there is memorial with a board, which proclaims that Tipu was born here. A six-foot-tall enclosure marks the spot.
When Tipu was born in 1750, his father Hyder Ali was engrossed in a battle. His mother, Fatima Fakhr-Un-Nisa, was secretly ushered into a carriage to give birth at the fort, as it was considered a safe place. However, she ended up giving birth inside the vehicle, right outside the fort. The monument is built over this birth spot.
A pond was built under the administration of Purnaiah, the then Dewan of Mysore. It is a beautiful pond with the stones and excavations intact. “The water is used for rituals and festivals,” says Prasad. “People take baths here as well.”
Pics: Pushkar V
Inside the Devannahalli fort, there is the Venugopalswamy temple. The temple, which was built in the Vijaynagara style, has several depictions from the Ramayana on the walls. “At the entrance, the two horsemen are believed to belong to the Western Ganga dynasty (which ruled 350 and 1000 AD),” said Prasad.
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There are sculptures of seamstresses, as you enter, from the same era. The north and south walls have sculptures showing Rishyasringa being brought from a forest to Ayodhya accompanied by dancing girls. There is also a scene of Vishwamitra caught in a an archery battle with Rama. The south wall has ten incarnations of Lord Krishna and Rama’s father performing a sacrifice.
The fort gate and the fort walls are crumbling and there are scribblings on the walls. There is no security at the entrance and anyone can walk in. The commercial establishments all around have failed to preserve the authenticity of the past. “An ASI (Archeological Survey of India) office is located at the entrance, which is always closed and does not provide much information,” says Prasad. “The fort area needs to be protected by ASI and does not come under the corporation. The northern gate is crumbling as well.”
How it Began
Refugees on the run from Kancheepuram settled down near the Nandi Hills. Legend has it that Rana Baire Gowda, their leader, was told in a dream that he had to build a settlement in this region. This family goes by the name of Morasu Wokkalu. His son Malla Baire Gowda founded Devanahalli. Kempegowda also belongs to this family.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Seema Prasad / January 28th, 2016
Dr C. Ganesh Pai, Professor and Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal has been awarded a research grant of Rs 49.92 lakh for the project titled: “Thiopurine Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Optimizing Existing Strategies”.
The research is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are a group of incurable chronic intestinal diseases that contribute to a lot of suffering.
Currently available treatment options work well at best in half the patients suffering from these conditions leaving thereby a large unmet need.
The project is expected to identify ways of improving the proportions of patients who benefit from currently available, affordable drugs belonging to the class of thiopurines and also decrease the adverse events from these drugs. The research will also lay the groundwork for designing newer drugs related to thiopurine compounds which are more effective in IBD.
Medical Superintendent and COO of Kasturba Hospital Manipal Dr M Dayananda said: This type of funding is available only for established research leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high-in-tensity projects that open new directions and advancements in their respective research fields. Selection of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at Kasturba Hospital depicts the advanced treatment modalities and quality of care for patients provided here.
Dr. Krishnamurthy Bhat, Head of Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University is a co-investigator on the project, which runs for three years.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Mangalore / by Stanley Pinto, TNN / January 22nd, 2016
Swami Vivekananda was probably one of the earliest and most notable influences on American artists, who garnered several admirers after his landmark address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Coincidentally, it is a globally renowned Indian artist, Jitish Kallat, who commemorated the 108th anniversary of the famous speech by lighting up the steps of the venue which is now the ‘Art Institute of Chicago’ with the text of the speech in his famous ‘Public Notice’.
That’s how Gail Levin, art historian and distinguished professor of 20th Century art and contemporary art at the City University of New York, began her lecture on “An overview of the Influence of Indian Art and Culture on American Artists from the World’s Colombian Exposition to Contemporary Art” at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
The exposition she refers to is the same Parliament of the World’s Religions which was part of a world fair.
“One of them is Marson Hardley whose work I have studied extensively. He has emblems or symbols that refer to India in some of his paintings from 1913,” says Gail, who is in India as a Fulbright scholar.
Some of other influences on American art are Raja Ravi Varma, and Rabindranath Tagore who is linked to the Japanese curator Okakura Kakuzo and Isabella Stewart Gardner.
“My project was to study the mutual culture of Indian American artists, how they influence each other and how their culture influenced art,” she explains.
“For a long time I wanted to see Indian art so I can teach better. Every time I looked at a book on Asian American artists it was always about the Far East and there is little on South East Asia, especially because India is a such a huge country and there are so many Indians in America.”
After having written several books on artist Edward Hopper and studying feminist artists like Judy Chicago, Gail wants to devote the end of her career studying and writing about Asian art influences.
“My lecture outlines the book that I am planning to write on India. I never fully understood the symbolical references to Indian art. It is only when you get to know people that you learn about culture. I have been staying in Kerala the past few months and I learnt a lot, yet, feel I learnt so little compared to what there is to know.”
But then her trip took an unexpected turn when she met Kerela-based, Cholamandal-groomed artist Sajitha Shankar, whose work drew parallels with the work of Judy Chicago, notable for her ‘Dinner Table’ installation at the Feminist Art Centre in Brooklyn, New York. She has now completed the draft of a book on Sajitha and plans to organise an exhibition of her works.
“At first I thought she may be influenced by Judy because both their works feature the triangular ‘Kali Yantra’ symbol. But I know that she was not,” explains Gail.
What Gail also discovered was while American art was notably influenced by Indian culture, there wasn’t much American influence on Indian art. “American art wasn’t well known outside America until the second half of the 20th Century.” Gail talks about how artists like Maurice Stern, Theresa Bernstein, Roy Lichtenstein have been influenced by various aspects of Indian culture, often spiritual.
“The Sarabhai family of Gujarat invited several American artists to India including Charles and Ray Eames who helped found the National Institute of Design. Jackson Pollock and his contemporary Philip Guston were deeply influenced by the teachings of the Indian spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti.”
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Harshini Vakkalanka / Bengaluru – January 22nd, 2016
New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has given fillip to industrialization in Karnataka by means of offering most comparative rates as compared to other major ports. The port has given all facilities to encourage coastal movement of traffic and now is the first Indian port to start the Ro-Ro service from Mangaluru to Hazira port, noted P C Parida, chairman, NMPT at the Republic Day celebration organized by the port at Dr B R Ambedkar Stadium, Panambur here.
Port has registered growth of 15% in container traffic. Based on Boston Consultant Groups report, port has taken steps to increase container traffic further and further develop container terminal by outsourcing container handling. Port has taken up upgradation of fire-fighting facilities to handle VLGCs and it shall be operational by September. NMPT is planning to have LNG terminal which shall be operational in 2017. This will facilitate citizens get clean fuel at cost effective rates.
To encourage agro products, port has already commissioned two warehouses and one is under construction. Under the green city project, the process of commissioning a 350-kW roof-top solar power plant is under progress which will meet the power requirement of administrative building, hospital building and guest house and street light. Port has planned to commission 5-mW solar power plant by November 2016 which will meet power requirement of the port.
Long pending demand of locals for fisheries harbor is in planning stage and work may commence from last quarter of this year. Under corporate social responsibility scheme, port has contributed Rs 98.5 lakh for providing LED street lights on the national highway from KIOCL junction to Bykampady. A similar project from KIOCL to Thannirbavi village too is under consideration, Parida said, thanking the employees for their participation in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Mangalore / by Jaideep Shenoy, TNN / January 26th, 2016
All reserved coaches of Mysuru-Varanasi Express to bear Braille signage
The Mysuru-Varanasi Express will become the country’s first Braille-embedded train. The bi-weekly express (Train No. 16229/16230), which chugs out on Tuesday, will leave Mysuru for Varanasi on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It has been provided with metallic Braille signage indicating berth numbers, location of alarm chains, toilets, and emergency windows. There are also instructions on how to operate the emergency exit windows. The initiative has been financed by Mysuru MP Pratap Simha from the MPLAD fund.
Though the Puri-Delhi Purushottam Express was the first train in the country to have a Braille-embedded coach, the Mysuru-Varanasi Express will be the first in the country where all reserved coaches have been embedded with Braille signage, said Rajkumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru Division, South Western Railway.
Braille signage has been introduced on one rake of the express and it will soon be introduced in the second rake as well. The Chamundi Express and the Mysuru-Talguppa Express are the other two trains that will be provided with Braille displays after this, Mr. Lal said. “The plan is to extend the facility to all reserved coaches of long-distance trains in a phased manner,” he added. Braille signage indicating the coach number is next on the agenda.
The Braille signage indicating berth numbers and location of toilets will be of great help to the visually-challenged travelling on the Mysuru-Varanasi Express.— PHOTOS: M.A. SRIRAM
Netravati, a visually-impaired person, welcomed the initiative and said that it will help them identify the seats or berths without seeking help from others. “We will be more independent as sometimes, people do not respond to us as they tend to be in a hurry to locate their berths,” she said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by R. Krishna Kumar / Mysuru – January 26th, 2016
Seen in the picture are Muay Boran Champions (from left – squatting) Harish S. Gouli, B. Ravi, K.G. Prajwal Deep & A.M. Arjun with Coach KRU. Chethan M. Ashwathama (standing).
The 1st South Indian Muay Boran Championship, organised by Muay Boran Association of Kerala under the aegis of Muay Boran Association of India, was held on Jan. 9 and 10 at Salem Marthoma Auditorium, Kayamkulam, Alappuzha District, Kerala.
More than 300 participants of 25 different clubs from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka took part in the tournament which tested the strength, stamina and skills of the fighters.
Muay Boran Fighters of Kimura Fight Club, Mysuru, who took part in the tournament, won one gold and three silver medals.
They also won the 2nd Runner-up Trophy of the Championship. Besides these, the Kimura Fight Club was awarded the 8th Best Club of the Tournament.
K.G. Prajwal Deep won gold in the below 80 Kg category. In the Muay Boran Title Belt Fight, Prajwal Deep lost his bout against Kerala opponent and had to be content with the Runner-up title.
Harish S. Gouli, B. Ravi and A.M. Arjun won silver medals in the below 75 Kg, below 63.5 Kg and below 67 Kg category respectively.
All the fighters are trained by Kimura Fight Club Chief Coach and Trainer KRU. Chethan M. Ashwathama, who is an expert in Muay Thai, Muay Boran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been trained at the Tiger Muay Thai Academy,Thailand and is training students from the past six years. He has a KRU Degree (Master in Muay Thai) from the Muay Thai International Association and is accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education, Thailand.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 25th, 2016