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    Hindustani vocalist Venkatesh Kumar will be conferred the Sri Puttaraj Gawai Award and and Hindustani vocalist from Shivamogga R.B. Sangameshwar Gawai the Gaanayogi Panchakshari Award in recognition of their contribution to the field of music.

    The awards for 2017, instituted by Ballari-based Sri Puttaraj Kavi Gawaigala Seva Sangha, will be presented at the Dr. Joladarashi Doddanagouda Rangamandir here on Thursday at 6 p.m. to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Hangal Kumarswamyji, the 125th birth anniversary of Panchakshari Gawai and the 103 birth anniversary of Puttaraj Gawai. Briefing presspersons here on Monday, Mrutyunjaya Bandral, president of the sangha, said that the awards comprises a purse of ₹ 25,000 and ₹ 11,000, citations, shawls, respectively. The cash awards are sponsored by N. Suryanarayan Reddy, granite exporter and Congress leader, and Allum Vinayak.

    A host of swamijis of various religious mutts, including Chandrashekar Shivacharya Bhagwatpada of Kashi Peetha, Varanasi, one of the pancha peetas, will grace the occasion.

    Allum Doddappa, former president of Veerashaiva Vidyavardhak Sangha, will preside over the function. Venkatesh Kumar will perform after the function.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Ballari – March 21st, 2017

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    Six years spent toiling in laboratories and classrooms can make the best of friends out of anyone, and this was evident as 250 proud doctors received their degrees on the graduation day of batch 2011 of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, which was held at Koramangala Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

    The students had written one liners to describe each of their batchmates, which were read out as they walked up to the dais to receive their degrees. “None of us knew what the others had written for us until we heard it announced,” said Dr. Prerna, a graduating student.

    Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil, who was the chief guest, declared the graduation day open. Guests of honour Vijaya Laxmi Deshmane, president of Karnataka Cancer Society and C.N. Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research; advised the students on how to carry forward the lessons learnt in the classroom. Dr. Manjunath urged students to treat their patients with compassion irrespective of the circumstances. “One should have tremendous patience when dealing with patients and should allow them to express their problems and symptoms freely,” he told the graduating students.

    Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi said that just having a degree did not make someone a doctor, “you have to earn respect through your work.” Balaji Pai, special officer, Trauma and Emergency Care Centre, BMCRI, urged students to work with passion and to keep a work-life balance. “In medicine, you never cease to learn. Always be a student,” he said.

    Topper Divya C. Ragate, who also came second in her university, comes from a family of doctors – her father, brother and sister-in-law are all doctors and her younger brother is also studying MBBS at BMRCI. The Bidar lass said she was keen to pursue her MD in Neurology at NIMHANS. “I find neurology fascinating. People say it is a difficult subject, I want to see what’s difficult in it,” she said with a grin. Dr. Ragate topped in several courses and her family members who had come down from Bidar beamed as she received one accolade after the other.

    Javagal Amith Thejas, Chirag Jain, Devamsh G N, Priyanka KP, Prashanth V, Megha P., and Kavyashree K won awards for topping individual courses.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter – Cynthia Anand  / March 16th, 2017

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    Shamitha and Renita thought outside the box during 1995 and established Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust

    Shamitha and Renita thought outside the box during 1995 and established Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust

    Mangaluru :

    A school started with just 12 students on an open stage by these two young women two decades back, has grown from strength to strength and now imparts knowledge to around 1,167 students – that too exclusively from rural areas.

    This wouldn’t have been possible if Shamitha Rao and Renita Lobo, educated in Mangaluru city, had not set their priorities right – to educate the rural children.

    Being women, they thought outside the box during 1995 and in spite of struggles and humiliation, the duo were successful in establishing Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust in Shankarnarayana, Udupi district. The education institution , which is 110 kms away from Mangaluru, empowers rural children with education.

    “It all began during 1995, after our graduation we were sent to a village named Siddapur in Kundapur Taluk to serve in a private school which had just started. That was for the first time we were exposed to rural environment – Rural school, rural people, and hardly any access to quality education. Being born and brought up in Mangaluru city, it was very hard for us to accept that life where little ones were so much deprived of basic quality education. We served in that school for two years after which our parents wanted us to come back to Mangaluru. One evening when we were packing up all our belongings, some parents came to us with gratitude and said they did not want us to go. Meanwhile, our house owner suggested us to open our own school. We both looked at each other’s face. That night we knelt and prayed to God and decided firmly to open a school which could be afforded by any section of the society. We wanted to educate the children of the uneducated parents unlike other schools who wanted to teach only the educated parents’ children,” recall Shamita and Renita.

    Shamitha and Renita, 40, graduated from St Agnes College, Mangaluru and pursued MA through distance education from University of Mysuru.

    Shankarnarayana amidst forest area is economically backward and nearby village areas are affected by Naxalites. “We were looking for a place which is small and backward. There was a call from within to start the school here as this was a very small village with small population of not more than 10,000 people. We started everything from scratch. We were very young to make a great plan with a big budget. We knew only thing that we wanted to teach the small children in the best way possible. This small beginning has a great ending.

    In 1998, we hired an open stage from village Panchayat on a nominal rent. In the hall we accommodated two classes (LKG & UKG) for 12 students. For the other expenses we used our little savings of two years. Today institution has grown till PUC II with good results,” said the duo sharing their tale.

    The institution is known to be one of the best in Udupi district. Every year more than 75% of the students come out with distinction. This year in district, the school is in the top most positions by QPI (quality Progressive Innings) in SSLC result. Even in PUC out of 5 years’ results, thrice they have secured cent percent.

    People, family mocked us:

    It was not a cake-walk for Shamita and Renita during their initial days. “People mocked us saying that we will close the institution after three or four years. Meanwhile, our families too did not support our ideas. Even government officials during school documentation works kept on pestering and harassing us because we were two young women with no prior experience. But the constant support from donors, especially Bishop of Mangalore Most Rev Aloysius Paul D’Souza kept us going to reach our goal,” they said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City> Bangalore / by Kevin Mendonsa / TNN / March 07th, 2017

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    Final destination: The tombstone of Srikantaraj Urs of the Mysore Infantry at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Final destination: The tombstone of Srikantaraj Urs of the Mysore Infantry at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    A chance discovery ends 72-year search to locate the final resting place of a soldier who died in a Japanese PoW camp

    Last Sunday, when 22-year-old Nagashree Devyani spoke before her close family members about her great-grand uncle, the late Naik Srikantaraj Urs, it marked the end of an incredibly long wait. She recollected the family’s sustained efforts to trace Naik Urs’ grave for 72 years and how they had finally found it, quite by chance, at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.

    The family received official confirmation that it was indeed Naik Urs’ grave only last week. Ms. Devyani narrated the story at the ‘Punya Shanthi’ ceremony the family conducted in the memory of her great-grand uncle.

    In 1940, young Srikantaraj Urs was recruited to the 1st Battalion Mysore Infantry and stationed at Munireddy Palya in the Bangalore Cantonment. Two years later, the Battalion was deployed in Singapore on the Eastern front to fight the Japanese. A bachelor, Naik Urs left Bengaluru in August 1942. But soon after, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese, who overran Singapore.

    R.S. Veeraraj Urs, nephew of Naik Urs, takes a look at the postcards sent by his uncle (portrait) from the PoW camp, at his home in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    R.S. Veeraraj Urs, nephew of Naik Urs, takes a look at the postcards sent by his uncle (portrait) from the PoW camp, at his home in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    Monthly postcards

    “We came to know of it only after he wrote a postcard from the Singapore Prisoner of War [PoW] camp. We would receive one postcard every month,” Ms. Devyani’s grandfather R.S. Veeraraj Urs told The Hindu.

    For nearly two years, Naik Urs’ monthly postcards reached his family, who were then living on the Lalith Mahal Palace Road in Mysore. And then, in 1944, they stopped.

    “His last postcard came to us during the Dasara festivities in 1944, after which we did not hear from him at all,” said Mr. Veeraraj Urs, who, as a nine-year-old, had seen off his paternal uncle when he left for the war. “Some postcards were addressed to me. Written in Kannada, my uncle would ask me to study well. He never wrote about the hardship in the camp since the letters were being censored.”

    It was not until the end of World War II in September 1945 that the family heard any news of him. Another relative, Subedar Major Subramanya Raje Urs, broke the news of his death on his return from Singapore where he was also held as a PoW.

    Srikantaraja Urs had died on February 27, 1945, at the age of 27.

    Royal compensation

    In November 1946, the family received an official communication from Buckingham Palace, in which King George VI and his wife offered condolences to the family. Naik Urs’ mother Devaja Ammani also received four acres of land in Nanjangud and cash compensation, which she spent on providing water and electricity connection to the Ramalingeshwara Temple in the Vidyaranyapura area of Mysore.

    “In all, 11 officers and soldiers from the Ursu community took part in the war on the Eastern front. Unfortunately, only my uncle did not return alive,” said Mr. Veeraraja Urs.

    With no one to guide them, the family, despite being related to the Mysore Royals, had little hope of finding the soldier’s grave. Meanwhile, Devaja Ammani died in 1952.

    In the late 1970s, the family renewed its efforts to trace Naik Urs’ final resting place. In 1980, Mr. Veeraraja Urs, a former chief security Officer at BEL Bangalore, wrote to the Union Government. Over the next two decades, he wrote to various agencies and governments to locate the cemetery, if at all it existed. “War memorials are there in Burma, Singapore and Phillipines. We did not know where to find his grave,” he said.

    In the early 1990s, he approached the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Commission, which holds exhaustive information on the martyrs of the two World Wars, however, was not of much help.

    After an extensive search, the Commission informed him that it did not find any records with the Indian section of the British Library and the Indian Army Association in England. The Adjutant General’s office in New Delhi also informed the Commission that they had no knowledge, while the Army Records Branch said neither their records nor the battalion’s history had any reference to Naik Urs.

    Independently, Mr. Veeraraja Urs’ younger brother, the late Naik Subedar Subbakrishne Urs also tried to trace the grave using his network in the Army, and visited the Second World War memorial in Myanmar, but to no avail.

    After over two decades of following leads and correspondence with various agencies, a disappointed Mr. Veeraraja Urs gave up.

    “I had lost hopes of finding the grave. If the British Army, which is known for its meticulous documentation, could not help me, I had no other avenues,” he said, recalling his disappointment.

    A serendipitous sighting

    When Naik Urs’ grave was finally found, it was quite by chance. Sometime last year, Mr. Veeraraja Urs got a call from Raja Chandra, the son-in-law of the last ruler of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar. One of Mr. Raja Chandra’s friends, who was visiting the Kranji War Memorial, was surprised to see an ‘Urs’ on a tombstone.

    He took photographs and showed it to Mr Raja Chandra who, in turn, called the family, ending a 72-year quest. “I had tears in my eyes and could not speak. It was a great achievement because I had not expected to see it in my lifetime,” said Mr. Veeraraja Urs, who is now 84.

    In February this year, Mr. Veeraraja Urs’ son, Dr. Vinod Urs, and his wife, Dr. Naga Jyothi Urs, travelled to Singapore to reconfirm that the grave was indeed that of his grand uncle. “Even with specific information, it was difficult to find his grave among the 24,000 graves of soldiers and airmen in the Kranji War Memorial as the graves are numbered,” Dr. Vinod Urs recalled.

    “After a search of nearly three hours, some Tamil-speaking workers helped us locate the grave,” he said.

    “We believe that he must have died due to malaria or beri beri [a disease caused by Vitamin B1 deficiency affecting heart and circulatory system] as most PoWs died due to similar causes,” Dr. Urs said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National / by Sharath S. Srivatsa / Bengaluru – March 04th, 2017

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    ‘Pothole Raja’ claims to have filled over 200 potholes in less than a year.   | Photo Credit: E mail

    ‘Pothole Raja’ claims to have filled over 200 potholes in less than a year. | Photo Credit: E mail

    His special powers enable him to reduce a pothole to just a bad memory in less than five days

    If you spot a pothole and dread its impact on motorists using that road, what do you do?

    One option is to click a picture, ‘WhatsApp’ it to 814POTHOLE (the letters correspond with the numbers 7684653) and wait for ‘Pothole Raja’ to come to your rescue.

    The special powers of this new superhero are to make the pothole a thing of the past in less than five days.

    The initiative by Prathaap Bhimasena Rao has already drawn customers, including IT parks, large hospitals and some resident welfare associations (RWAs) who got tired of the multiple deadlines announced by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to rid the city of the menace.

    ‘Pothole Raja’ claims to have filled over 200 potholes in less than a year.

    The brain behind the project, Mr. Rao, is a former pilot who shifted to corporate life after a crash. He started his ‘social enterprise’ after a stint as the global vice-president of a multinational.

    Loss of lives

    “Close friends and relatives have been impacted directly due to potholes. A friend, who was a doctor, died on her way to Vellore from Bengaluru on the highway two years ago. A team member of mine lost his limbs, while riding his Bullet, in a pothole-related accident,” he said, recalling the trigger for ‘Pothole Raja.’

    He pointed out that Bengaluru’s poor road conditions and traffic issues were the topics of discussion everywhere he travelled. “The road infrastructure technology we use is at least 70 years old. I consulted engineering professors and did my own research to see what is being done in other countries. The hot asphalt that we are using is not cost effective for patchwork; it can be used only to lay roads,” he said.

    Cost factor

    This is when ‘Pothole Raja’ teamed up with a Bengaluru-based company to produce cold asphalt. According to Mr. Rao, the cold asphalt requires a person to fill the hole and run a car over it twice. “A 50 kg bag of this mix can be stored for 10 months,” he said.

    The cost: about ₹2,500 for filling one up to 50 mm depth.

    “In some cases, we put in our own money to fill potholes,” Mr. Rao said. He has no plans to work with the civic body.


    But some of the people who have tried the new technology are unconvinced.

    The member of an association of an IT park said, “Potholes are not a big problem within our campus, as we asphalt the roads every two years. We usually fill concrete if it is a small pothole. If it is a big one, we remove the concrete and asphalt the space. But we are not sure if the cold asphalt will take the wear and tear.”

    BBMP’s pothole app

    Even as private players have started pitching in to fill potholes, the BBMP is yet to open its pothole app to the public. BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad said the app has been used by officials for a month.

    “A lot of civil works have already started and filling up of potholes is also in the works. Work orders for relaying roads have been given for almost the full city. We will review the progress after 15 days,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Deepika K.C. / March 01st, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    When Leo Mavely was in college, he saw a man bleeding profusely after a bike accident. People rushed in to help but there was no way to stem the loss of blood immediately.

    This left a lasting impression on his mind and led him to invent a product, Axiostat – the smart band, which is a hemostatic. Today, the band is being used by the general public and the Indian Armed Forces and the paramilitary. In 2014, the Axiostat band was used in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    Its website features varied testimonials on its use — from dentists for tooth extraction and senior cardiologists for stopping arterial bleeding to a medical officers with Border Security Force for treating victims of IED blasts and gunshot wounds.
    Axiostat is a sponge-like biomaterial dressing that stops moderate to severe bleeding within minutes. This product is manufactured by the Bengaluru-based startup Axio Biosolutions, which is Leo’s brainchild and was established in 2008.
    The band is made using chitosan, a natural biomaterial. Biomaterials are engineered substances that interact with human systems to achieve a medical end. Chitosan, which is extracted from shellfish, is highly purified and processed to make this device.
    The band carries positively charged components, which when comes in contact with the negatively charged blood cells, form a binding seal.
    “The moment Axiostat is applied to an open wound, it reacts with the blood and becomes a very sticky substance that clots blood and stops the bleeding,” says Leo. “The band can be left on the wound for 48 hours. Once the patient has been taken to the Hospital and given medical attention, Axiotat can be removed by applying water on it. It absorbs the water to become a gel-like substance that can be peeled off.”
    Hospitals that use the band include Fortis, AIIMS, Manipal, Breach Candy and Columbia Asia.
    The smart band received European Union – CE approval in 2013 and Axiostat Biosolutions was named the best emerging startup by BioAsia in 2016. Axiostat, which opened in India, is now also in Middle East, Africa and Europe.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Brinda Das / Express News Service / March 02nd, 2017

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    March 1st, 2017adminBusiness & Economy

    StayAbode, a start-up that is building co-living spaces, said that it had raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding from a consortium of investors led by Ishan Manaktala and Angie Mahtaney.

    Gaurav Bhalotia (Ex-VP Engineering, Flipkart), Vishal Lulla (CEO, Vishal Exports) and investors from online funding platform LetsVenture also participated in the round. StayAbode said it offers more than 180 beds spread over four properties across Bengaluru. The funding would help it expand to other cities.

    Mr. Bhalotia said, “StayAbode is using technology to create living spaces that support the new lifestyle of the young.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Business / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – February 27th, 2017