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    November 30th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Records, All


    She is the third woman CS of State

    Additional Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha is the new Chief Secretary of Karntataka. She will head the State administrative machinery till March 2018.

    Ms. Prabha is the third woman Chief Secretary of the State after Teresa Bhattacharya (2000) and Malathi Das (2006). She is set to succeed Subhash Chandra Khuntia, who is retiring on Friday.

    Ms. Prabha, from the 1981 IAS officers’ batch, successfully conducted the Invest Karnataka Summit in 2016 and encouraged women entrepreneurship. A few years ago, she also bagged the ‘Woman of the Year’ award of the American Biographical Institute Inc., the U.S.

    In a first in State, two women hold top posts

    With the elevation of Ms. Prabha, for the first time in the State’s history, two top administrative offices are being headed by women.

    While Neelamani N. Raju became the State’s first woman Director-General and Inspector General of Police on October 31, Additional Chief Secretary Ms. Prabha is now set to head the State’s civil service force. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday evening tweeted congratulations to Ms. Prabha and added: “Karnataka’s admin (civil & police) is now headed by two women.”

    Ms. Prabha belongs to the 1981 IAS officers’ batch and was serving as Additional Chief Secretary. Ms. Raju, a 1983 batch IPS officer, served as DGP, Fire and Emergency Services, before her elevation. Ms. Prabha successfully conducted the ‘Invest Karnataka summit’ in 2016 and encouraged women entrepreneurship. A few years ago, she also bagged the ‘Woman of the Year’ award from the American Biographical Institute Inc., U.S.

    Ahead of polls

    With the Assembly election fast approaching, Mr. Siddaramaiah may be looking to score points by picking Ms. Prabha, who is a Dalit.

    In September 2016, when Mr. Siddaramaiah wrote to the Centre to relieve Subhash Chandra Khuntia, who was on central deputation, the State BJP played the Dalit card and backed Ms. Prabha. The State government can seek extension of the term of Ms. Prabha till the next Assembly elections are completed. For this, the State has to submit a recommendation to the Prime Minister to obtain the concurrence of the Union government, which is mandatory.

    Former Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath’s term was extended by the Jagadish Shettar government in 2013 citing elections in the State.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – November 29th, 2017

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    November 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    Karnataka Lalithakala Academy chairperson M.J. Kamakshi says there is more to Shravanabelagola than the Gomateshwara monolith. Prakash Hassan

    Karnataka Lalithakala Academy chairperson M.J. Kamakshi says there is more to Shravanabelagola than the Gomateshwara monolith. Prakash Hassan

    Expo will introduce connoisseurs of art to some rare and finest murals of ancient times.

    The Karnataka Lalithakala Academy will hold a seven-day special exhibition of ancient Jain murals, which have been documented by the academy, in Bengaluru in January 2018.

    Speaking after receiving felicitations accorded by Kalamandala, Dharwad, here on Wednesday, academy chairperson M.J. Kamalakshi said that this special art exhibition will be organised on the historic occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka to be held in Shravanabelagola. The academy is also contemplating holding a similar exhibition in Shravanabelagola, she added.

    This exhibition will introduce connoisseurs of art to some rare and finest murals of ancient times. They were originally painted on the walls of the Jain shrines in Shravanabelagola. Not many are aware that this famous Jain pilgrimage centre, well known for its Gomateshwara monolith, also houses ancient Jain mutts having some of the finest murals giving insight into Jain mythology. Some of these murals were lost in the passage of time. However, they have been copied and preserved by a team of artists in the 1970s. These rare paintings will be exhibited on this occasion, she said.

    More to Shravanabelagola

    Ms. Kamalakshi added that most of the visitors to Shravanabelagola do not visit any place other than the Gomateshwara monolith. And, this exhibition will introduce the rich heritage of murals of the State to tourists coming from across India and abroad, she added.

    Ms. Kamalakshi said that during her tenure, she would plan to focus more on tribal and folk paintings and their documentation. An action plan would be chalked out in consultation with the members of the executive committee who are yet to be appointed by the State government, she said.

    Earlier, Kalamandala president Madanmohan Tavarageri, Kumud Tavarageri, artists Madhu Desai, Gayatri Desai and writer Malati Pattanshetti felicitated Ms. Kamalakshi. Several artists from Hubballi-Dharwad were present.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News>  States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Dharwad – November 30th, 2017

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    November 29th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    Madhumita Bhattacharya says while she enjoys writing about different spaces, she doesn’t like getting carried away by setting either

    Madhumita Bhattacharya’s Murder at the Temple (Juggernaut) opens on the evening of November 8, 2016. Kavya, a young woman, reaches a small shrine in Banashankari to find the hundi stuffed with notes and the priest dead. What follows are 24 breathless hours as Kavya opens up a can of worms rife with frantic jewellery purchases, money laundering and real estate deals. The 37-year-old Bengaluru based author talks of why she chose the digital space and the importance of setting in a novel. Excerpts

    How did Murder at the Temple come to be?

    This book started on the night of November 8, as I watched the rug being pulled from under the nation. A panel of officials spent an hour at a press conference repeating themselves, with no apparent clue as to the extent of the chaos it had just unleashed.

    Over the next few days, it became clear that not all were equally afraid or helpless. Reports of illegal transactions at jewellery stores across the country grew, and I wondered about the mechanics of it all. Money was deposited in huge amounts in temple cashboxes, and I wondered how it could possibly be returned to the ‘rightful’ owners. How much was happening in the shadows – how much had happened already? The story practically wrote itself.

    Why did you choose the digital space?

    Speed was important for this one, and old school publishers are not known for quick turn-around times. So I felt Juggernaut would be a great fit. I reached out and they were fortunately very receptive and responsive.

    Why a novella?

    Also for reasons of speed; the action of the story takes place in 24 hours, and keeping it short and tight seemed the best way to ensure the pace of the narrative kept up with the breakneck speed of the story.

    What are the pros and cons of setting the novel in a particular time and space?

    On this night and day, it was not as much as a problem as it might have been otherwise. If you remember, in the days following demonetisation, there was a sharp fall in movement on the streets. Otherwise Bangalore traffic would have been a serious plot-killer — there is only so much you can do when you are stuck behind an auto at KR Puram for 45 minutes!

    But I enjoy writing about different spaces. This is my first Bangalore book. Each of my books has been set in a different place, and only one of those had a fictional component. My greatest complement was when an old Bangalore hand told me Murder at the Temple captured the city well. It is something that makes me nervous, because I know how much I hate it when authors get their places wrong. I don’t like getting carried away by setting either, but I want just enough of it to set the mood.

    Did you have fun with the different locations in Bangalore? Are there specific locations you selected? Why?

    I love the chaos of wholesale markets, the old houses, the grand trees. But there is so much more – the dusty barren parks, the random inlets for water tankers… It is the small things that make the difference.

    Does Bangalore lend itself easily to crime fiction?

    Every place lends itself to crime! Every place has an underbelly – even the most idyllic rural locations have their own dirt, their own politics, their own passions. Crime fiction is a way to access that place of discomfort.

    How different is Kavya from Reema?

    They are both young women but apart from that, they have little in common. Kavya is lost and alone, Reema is supremely on top of things and connected to her family and her place in the world. Kavya is not a detective, she is saving her own skin.

    Do you prefer the first person narrative or third person? Why?

    I love both, but first person does leave you confined to the head of one character. In this book, I needed to be free to get into Samar’s head too. To me, they are both the protagonists of this novel.

    What next?

    I am working on something quite different — a crime novel that is not detective fiction. It is a difficult story for me to write, so I want to take my time.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Mini Anthikad Chibber / November 27th, 2017

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    Former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan and incumbent  A S Kiran Kumar at the gallery

    Former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan and incumbent A S Kiran Kumar at the gallery

    It is located in Visveswaraya Industrial Technology Museum

    A Space Technology Gallery set up in an area on 700 square meters at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) will be an added attraction for visitors.

    The gallery, the first of its kind in the country, will give a glimpse of space technology, especially India’s space programme. From Aryabhata, India’s first satellite, up to the indigenous shuttle, the air breathing Scramjet engine, till the yet to be launched solar mission Aditya, the gallery has an impressive interactive display showcasing the variety of satellites developed by ISRO.

    Inaugurated on Tuesday by ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, the gallery, set up at a cost of Rs 85 lakh, brings the various facets of space technology in an easy to comprehend way through several interactive and impressive exhibits. There is an interactive display of India’s most popular and successful space programmes – the Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission.

    Also on display is a peep into the life of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to go into space, along with a glimpse of the life and works of Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Willams, two Indian-origin women astronauts. Food items like space idli mission developed by the Mysuru-based Defence Food Research Laboratory and which will be consumed by Vyomanauts during India’s human space endeavour are also on display.

    Visitors, especially students, can catch a glimpse of how ISRO carries out its launch from its spaceport in Sriharikota as there is a spectacular exhibit of both the launch pads that demonstrates how a rocket is used to launch satellites.

    The mission control room explains the way rockets and satellites are controlled and tracked. Major milestones in space technology starting from the Mysorean Rocket to Voyager, which has now reached interstellar regions in outer space, find a place in the gallery. At the satellite imagery station, one can explore images taken by satellites like the glaciers of the Himalayas, Bengaluru Metro Station and many more by waving one’s hand on air.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 29th, 2017

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    November 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    Karnataka : Bengaluru : 13/11/20017 : The front wall of the Krumbiegel-hall has been disfigured with people scribbling on it. The left wall has crumbled and the debris lies uncleared. The four pillars, holding the building together, are barely standing and the Gandaberunda (two-headed mythological bird thought to possess magical strength) has almost faded. The roof has also caved in. Around the structure, wild grass and creepers have grown unchecked. Photo: Ashwini Raj (e-mail handout by Sarumathi)

    Karnataka : Bengaluru : 13/11/20017 : The front wall of the Krumbiegel-hall has been disfigured with people scribbling on it. The left wall has crumbled and the debris lies uncleared. The four pillars, holding the building together, are barely standing and the Gandaberunda (two-headed mythological bird thought to possess magical strength) has almost faded. The roof has also caved in. Around the structure, wild grass and creepers have grown unchecked. Photo: Ashwini Raj (e-mail handout by Sarumathi)

    Plan on to rebuild Krumbiegel Hall in original style, but conservationists are cautious

    Days after the 100-year-old Krumbiegel Hall inside Lalbagh Botanical Garden was razed to the ground, the Horticulture Department and the State Archaeology Department are planning to rebuild the heritage structure in its original style.

    “A decision has been taken to build a new structure based on the old building. The project will be funded by the Horticulture Department and executed by the Archaeology Department,” said M. Jagadeesh, joint director, Horticulture, Parks and Gardens.

    The Archaeology Department is creating a plan for the new building and will give a budget estimate to the Horticulture Department, after which the funds will be released. Meera Iyer, co-convener of INTACH, suggested that instead of replicating the design, the department could hold a competition for city-based architects to design a building that is a fitting tribute. “It is essential to have expert opinion in such an important garden. It’s a public garden, not a private fiefdom,” she said.

    Meanwhile, conservationists remain cautious of the move. Architect and author Yashaswini Sharma said if the department plans to build a replica at the same site, it would be against international conservation principles. “It would set a bad precedent and would mean anyone can demolish a historic structure and build a new one in its place. Instead, the Archaeology Department can build a memorial for Krumbiegel.”

    Alyia Phelps-Gardiner, Krumbiegel’s great-granddaughter said: “I would really like to be involved in the decision making as the hall was named in honour of my great-grandfather. The site should be a vibrant gift, remembering the history of Lalbagh and the person who contributed to it.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – November 25th, 2017

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    November 28th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Cruise control: Pankaj Advani was at his fluent best as he outclassed Amir Sarkhosh.

    Cruise control: Pankaj Advani was at his fluent best as he outclassed Amir Sarkhosh.

    Sarkhosh fails to mount challenge

    Pankaj Advani dished out another superb performance to outclass Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the final and claim the IBSF World snooker championship here on Monday.

    Advani’s deadly attacking game coupled with a phenomenally tight safety play helped him secure his 18th World championship title with a 8-2 win over Sarkhosh at the Al-Arabi Sports Club.

    The best-of-15 frame final witnessed Sarkhosh pocketing the first frame easily. The Iranian looked strong and focused in the second frame too but a missed green pot gave a lifeline to Pankaj as he seized the opportunity with both hands and drew parity.

    Pankaj never looked back from there as he raced to a 5-2 lead, though Sarkhosh came with a century break to win the sixth frame, and after the break, wrapped it up with three straight frames.

    The result:

    Pankaj Advani bt Amir Sarkhosh (Irn) 8-2 (19-71, 79-53, 98-23, 69-62, 60-05, 0-134, 75-07, 103-4, 77-13, 67-47).

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sports> Other Sports / PTI / Doha – November 27th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Divya Sharavana delivered her second baby, Ritiksha, 20 days early. After 10 days in the neonatal wing of St Philomena’s Hospital, the child was discharged with a bracelet around her wrist.

    “One night, the orange light on the bracelet started flashing with an alarm and we rushed the baby to the doctor. She was suffering from hypothermia —a condition when body loses heat faster than it produces — and gastrointestinal infection. She could be saved because of the device,” says Divya, who lost her first baby to complications.

    Ritiksha is two years old now, and healthy. She owes it to Bempu, the bracelet that saved her by beeping when her temperature plummeted. The brain behind the innovation is Ratul Narain, 33, a Stanford University alumnus with a master’s degree in biomechanics. The device is manufactured by Bempu Health in Bengaluru.

    Team Bempu's device was recognized as one of the 25 best innovations in 2017 by Time magazine

    Team Bempu’s device was recognized as one of the 25 best innovations in 2017 by Time magazine

    10,000 Bempus have been used across the world

    In India, one in three newborns suffers from low birth weight or is under 2.5kg. This is one in 12 in developed countries,” Ratul Narain says.

    A made-in-India hypothermia alert device for newborns, Bempu has been recognized as one of the 25 best innovations in the world in 2017 by the Time magazine. Invented and manufactured by Bempu Health in the bylanes of Langford Road in Bengaluru, Bempu weighs 8gm. Worn by a newborn with low birth weight, it flashes blue light if the temperature is normal. If the temperature goes below 36.5-degree Celsius or 97.7

    Fahrenheit, it flashes orange and rings an alarm alerting it’s time for immediate attention, either warming the child up or giving Kangaroo mother care.
    Some 10,000 Bempus have been used across the world and 1,000 of them donated to government hospitals ever since it entered the market in early 2016.

    Before developing the device, Ratul spent a year at hospitals in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat to understand neonatal complications. “Among babies with low birth weight, infections can occur at home. Up to 15% of low-weight newborns discharged from government NICU would die at home due to complications like infections and hypothermia. The significant cost of facility care for the baby was, therefore, lost at home. That’s what made me work on a lowcost solution,” says Ratul.

    The device priced Rs 2,500 can be used for four weeks without replacing its battery. To avoid cross-infections, it is suggested not to pass it on to a second user. Ratul’s research was facilitated by grants from various countries and institutions, including USAID, UKAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bempu is now being used in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Togo and Ghana through Unicef initiatives.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Sunitha Rao  R / November 27th, 2017

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    One of the oldest churches in Bangalore, the East Parade Church, was built by Wesleyan Methodist missionaries for British soldiers stationed in Bangalore Cantonment. In England, the Wesleyan Methodist Church was formed as a breakaway sect from the Church of England.

    The present church building was raised in 1865, with an inscription dated October 6, 1863, marking the laying of the foundation stone. The church was the earliest church built by the Wesleyans in Mysore district.

    The Wesleyan Tamil Mission in the Bangalore Cantonment was established in 1821.Elijah Hoole of the Wesleyan Mission started a small school measuring 30 feet in length and 13 feet in breadth. Tamil services were started in the small school. However, in 1822, the Wesleyan Mission was suspended and the missionaries were transferred. In 1826, the mission resumed again but this time a stable in the Mission compound had to be used as a church.

    The founder of the church in its present form was a gentleman called Thomas Hodson. A Wesleyan Missionary who served in India, Hodson was an extraordinary person. He arrived in India in 1829 when he was 25. He had spent three years in Calcutta learning Bengali and he was posted suddenly to Bangalore. The church was apparently dissatisfied by his performance in Calcutta because they decided that ‘results had not come up to their expectations’ (read numbers of conversions were inadequate). Before moving to Bangalore, Hodson wrote a long letter to the church committee mentioning that he had spent three years in learning Bengali and now he had to start again and learn Kannada. Hodson also suggested that preaching was not the only job of the Missionaries; teaching and education were just as important.

    He came to Bangalore in 1833 and was stationed in Bangalore for almost three years. He was apparently a linguist of repute, being fluent in Bengali, Tamil and Kannada. A renowned Kannada scholar, he wrote a book on ‘An Elementary Grammar of the Kannada, or Canarese Language’ in 1864.

    Hodson appears to have been a bit unhappy in Bangalore because he found that his time and efforts were taken away in preaching to the British and European officers, and he could not concentrate on the local population. He returned to England in 1843 due to ill health and came back to India in 1853 as Chairman and Superintendent of the Wesleyan Canarese Mission in the Mysore District. He left India in March 1878 and died in England in 1882.

    In his description of Bangalore, Hodson describes two portions of the city. The Cantonment was where the soldiers lived and Tamil was the primary language. In the native town or petah, Kannada was the predominant language. Not surprisingly, Hodson appears to have concentrated his efforts on the Tamil speaking population rather that the people in the petahs. In 1834, Hodson purchased about 20 acres of land, just outside the Bangalore Petah which was where the United Mission School and Unity Buildings stand today. The first building to be constructed was the Wesleyan Mission Chapel, the predecessor of the present East Parade Church. The Wesleyan Mission Chapel was built in front of the Wesleyan Mission House, and could accommodate nearly 300 people. Located at the heart of the Cantonment, it was raised for the Tamil and the English congregations. The cost of raising the chapel was met by subscription by local Europeans. It was also reported that a ‘native who have received many honours from Lord William Bentinck’ contributed £100 towards raising the chapel.

    Walker, one of the missionaries who served at East Parade Church; the cover of Thomas Hodson's book

    Walker, one of the missionaries who served at East Parade Church; the cover of Thomas Hodson’s book

    The location of the church was striking. In front of the chapel was a wide esplanade, with trees lined up as an avenue, about a mile long. The esplanade was the erstwhile South Parade Road, now Mahatma Gandhi Road. The road to the right of the chapel was the present Dickenson Road which led to the Madras Army barracks. There was a large parade ground which covered the entire area from Cubbon Park to the present day Dickenson Road. The East Parade Church was constructed to the east of the parade ground and so perhaps there was no controversy in naming the church.

    The annual report of the Wesleyan Mission of 1903 describes the East Parade Church as “…this lofty, roomy building is capable of accommodating 700 people. It is looked upon as the Cathedral of Methodism in the Province. The Church building has a number of unique features. The massive Corinthian columns, all eight in number, stand as sentinels at the entrance of the Church. These columns lend the whole structure its character. Another welcome feature of the building is that unlike other large churches in Bangalore it has no columns or pillars inside the church obstructing the view of the altar.”

    Today, the East parade Church continues to serve two pastorates. These are the East parade Tamil and the East Parade Malayalam pastorates of the Karnataka Central Diocese. Thomas Hodson would probably be proud of the fact that the Church which was built primarily for the Tamil speaking population of the cantonment continues to serve the same function today.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others /  Bangalore Mirror Bureau / by Siddharth Moorchung & Nikhil Moorchung / November 26th, 2017

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    November 26th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    Bengaluru beauty Sushruthi Krishna, who made Karnataka proud by winning the fbb Femina Miss India 1st Runner-up title in 2016, has just gotten engaged to her friend and entrepreneur, Bhargav Errangi, in an intimate ceremony in the city. In an exclusive interview with Bangalore Times, Sushruthi tells us about her love story, wedding plans, how she is slowly giving shape to her newly-launched fashion label and why she considers participating in the pageant the biggest turning point in her life. Excerpts:

    It all began over a cup of coffee

    I was still preparing for the Miss India contest, and Bhargav had just flown in from the US, all filled with ideas to set up his own company here. This was some time in 2015, and we had met at a coffee shop in Bengaluru to discuss a shoot. The conversation went on for 2-3 hours. The shoot never happened, but we clicked. We became good friends, and have ever since supported each other through thick and thin of life. He even came to cheer for me the day

    I was crowned Miss India 1st Runner-up. Friendship culminated in love, and we started seeing each other more often. Early this year, we realized that we can take things to the next level. In July, his parents came from Hyderabad to meet mine, and now we are engaged. More than my parents, my grandparents are happy and excited about the wedding, which will take place in March 2018.

    No big fat Indian wedding

    Just like our engagement ceremony, we want to keep the wedding also as intimate as possible. It will be a simple and elegant affair — more like a get-together for all our family members and close friends who have been part of our journey so far. We both like to sing and dance, so there will be a sangeet and good food. All the rituals will be incorporated, both traditional and contemporary, but everything will be low-key.

    The Miss India pageant made me a confident person

    Taking part in the beauty pageant changed my life in many different ways. It not only made me a more confident person, but also gave me the inner strength to grow as an individual, follow my heart and execute my roles more responsibly. I have always wanted to do something in the field of design and business. I have an academic background in architecture and have spent a considerable amount of time in the world of fashion. My clothing brand is a blend of my learning from both these fields. I believe in taking risks, and it reflects in my designs and creations.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Reema Gowalla / TNN / November 26th, 2017

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    November 26th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology, World Opinion

    Bengaluru :

    An Indian scientist has claimed a breakthrough in reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy by creating a drug delivery system that will target only cancer cells and leave healthy cells unharmed.


    The patented system – contained in a whole-body device called Cellular Focused Resonance Nano-Permeabilisation or Cellforn – says Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, can deliver chemotherapeutic molecules directly to the cancer cells. Dr Kumar, who has more than 30 inventions to his name, is the director and chief scientific officer at Bengaluru’s Centre for Advanced Research and Development.

    Chemotherapy is one of the best options available for treating cancer but its severe side-effects are a separate battle. “Actually the cargo is good but the delivery is bad. That is where my team decided to intervene,” he said.

     Cellforn could make drugs 10 to 70 times more effective’

    We decided to do something about the transportation and delivery system of molecular cancer treatment. Our work began in 2008 and now we have Cellforn,” Kumar said.

    Cellforn creates temporary nano pores that can receive drugs, allowing delivery to the cell membrane of the cancer tissue, identified with pretreatment proton density evaluations. “All drugs contain hydrogen atoms that bond with other molecules. The nucleus of the hydrogen atoms (containing only protons) in the drug are like bar magnets, they have specific alignments. Tissues too have protons that have the same alignment as the drug. Cellforn reverses the alignment of the hydrogen protons in the tumour tissue, spins it opposite to that of the drug molecule, attracting it to the sensitized tumour tissue,” Kumar explained.

    Simultaneously, Cellforn creates temporary receptors or holes induced by fast radio bursts(FRB) that is timed and delivered to target lesions. Concentrations of target drugs like carboplatin and paclitaxel, for example, are delivered based on their molecular weight. The whole body device that delivers the precisely planned FRB houses specialized antennae and delivery mechanisms.

    “Almost the entire drug payload is delivered to the tumour, and minimal to the healthy tissue. Hence, there will be very little or no adverse side-effects,” he said.

    Having got a US patent in April this year, Kumar claims his precision-targeted drug delivery system is market-ready. “A few regulatory formalities are still pending. I think we will go into production in nine months,” he said.

    Kumar claimed that Cellforn could make drugs 10 to 70 times more effective as they can be highly localized and used in vivo (on tissues and organs inside the body) and noninvasively.

    Cellforn also prevents the cancer tissue from developing immunity to the drug. “Cellforn also controls chromatin, a group of macromolecules that holds the genetic information within cells. Chromatin can make cancer cells resistant to treatment. But chemotherapy administered with Cellforn will not make the cancer tissue develop resistance to the cancer cytotoxic drug,” he said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Chethan Kumar / TNN / November 26th, 2017

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