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    December 31st, 2018adminRecords, All

    People rejoice by bursting crackers and exchanging sweets

    After almost two-decades Harpanahalli taluk, which was in Davangere district, has been merged with Ballari district.

    The State government issued a notification on December 24 this year effecting the transfer of Harpanahalli taluk back to Ballari district.

    People of Harpanahalli rejoiced by bursting crackers and exchanging sweets, as news about the government issuing the notification spread.

    Meanwhile, as a follow-up to the government notification, Davangere Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Goutham on Wednesday wrote letters to the Chief Executive Officer of Davangere Zilla Panchayat, the Superintendent of Police and other district-level officers to initiate immediate steps to transfer all files in their respective departments pertaining to Harpahanalli taluk to Ballari district.

    Harpahanalli was de-linked from Ballari district in 1997 and merged with the newly carved out Davangere district during the J.H. Patel regime.

    After that, people of Harpanahalli, who were eager to be part of their earlier district (Ballari), began mounting pressure on the successive governments to consider their demand. However, it was during the end of the Siddaramaiah government, that too, owing to the relentless efforts and pressures mounted by late M.P. Ravindra, who was the Harpanahalli MLA, that an order merging Harpanahalli with Ballari district was issued.

    As a result, Harpanahalli taluk will now be eligible to avail of all the benefits of the Special Status granted under Article 371 (J) to Hyderabad-Karnatak region and also get a share in the allocation of funds under the Hyderabad-Karnatak Region Development Board.

    With the inclusion of Harpanahalli in Ballari district on the one hand and the creation of three new taluks on the other, the number of taluks in Ballari district has gone up to 11 from seven.

    Another development has been that the State government has proposed to create another Revenue sub-division (third in the district) with Harpanahalli as its headquarters and having jurisdiction over Hadagali and Kottur taluks.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States / by M. Ahiraj / Ballari – December 29th, 2018

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    December 31st, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    A. Ishwarayya   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    A. Ishwarayya | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    The 78-year-old journalist A. Ishwarayya passed away in Udupi on Sunday.

    A multifaceted personality, Mr. Ishwarayya entered the journalism field by being part of the editorial team of Udayavani. His columns “Lalitaranga” and “Kalavihara” that appeared in the newspaper’s magazine were popular. It was through these columns that he gave special importance to Yakshagana.

    Mr. Ishwarayya was the editor of Tushara magazine. He was a good writer and one among his notable works was his Kannada translation of the 16th volume of encyclopedia on plays that was edited by writer Niranjan. This book came out during the 50th anniversary of Nava karnataka publications.

    A music lover, Mr. Ishwarayya started “Ragadhwani” organisation in Udupi that held music concerts in houses every month. More than 60 of his short stories have been publised in Sudha, Kasturi and other Kannada magazines.

    Few days ago, a biography on Mr. Ishwarayya’s life “Kalalookada Chintaka – A Ishwarayya” was released in Udupi.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Special Correspondent / December 30th, 2018

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    Peter J Claus interacting with Siri Paddana artiste Kargi Pujarthi. Photo credit: S A Krishnaiah, senior folklorist, Udupi.

    Peter J Claus interacting with Siri Paddana artiste Kargi Pujarthi. Photo credit: S A Krishnaiah, senior folklorist, Udupi.

    American researcher Dr Peter J Claus, who extensively studied Tulu culture and folklore, passed away on Sunday. He was 87.

    Dr Claus headed the Department of Anthropology at the California State University.

    He had carried out research on Tulunadu from 1967. He had followed the participation method and was well-versed in the use of Tulu and Sanskrit.

    Before coming to Dakshina Kannada for research, Dr Claus learnt Kannada through interaction with Prof M B Krishnamurthy and Dr A K Ramanujan. He was also honoured with the Gaurava Prashasti by the Tulu Sahitya Academy in 2004.

    He studied the kinship system in the Bunt community and was also attracted to folk art like Paddana and Siri cult.

    According to researcher Prof A V Navada, after Dr Claus’ study on kinship among Bunts, he visited the coastal district four to five times and expanded his knowledge of Tulu culture.

    Prof Navada and Subhashchandra have translated eight research articles of Dr Claus and published as ‘Tuluva Darshana’. Up to 15 articles of Dr Claus, related to Tulu will be published by Prasaranga of Mangaluru University next month.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State> Mangaluru / by Naina J A / DH News Service / Mangaluru – December 30th, 2018

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    December 30th, 2018adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology

    Installing close circuit television cameras might just be a thing of the past.

    The device can alert users of unusual activity

    The device can alert users of unusual activity

    Bengaluru :

    Installing close circuit television cameras might just be a thing of the past. Imagine getting alerts on your phone for every person — known and unknown — that enters your house. This might soon be a reality, said Roshan Fernandes, Anisha Rodrigues and Sudeepa KB, from Nitte Mahalinga Adyantha Memorial Institute of Technology, who recently presented a paper on facial recognition systems that improvise on the existing ones in the market.

    The trio were among the 150 delegates present at the three-day international conference on Information Processing, organised by Bangalore University.According to Fernandes, a face is detected in a live video and the system tries to extract features for facial recognition. “This system also secures homes from theft by instantly detecting unusual activity, as well as allowing users to view the theft details.

    The system then transmits the face details over IoT, to be viewed by users on their phone or tablet anywhere. Thus, it can recognise whether he is a known or unknown person,” he added, in his presentation. Users will also be notified when the person comes home. “The proposed work can be useful to the differently-abled as the system includes voice recognition to help and guide them,” read their paper.

    Automatic spring cleaning
    Chores like sweeping and mopping are droll-worthy tasks for anyone. SWAKSH, an automatic vacuum cleaner, offers a solution for this at `2,000. The device has been developed by Siddharth Srivastava of IIT Kanpur, Ayushi Nigam of Rama University, Kanpur, Monika Arya of PES Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, and Shalini Lamba of Lucknow’s National PG College.

    “This version currently uses a simple concept of image depth recognition. It basically uses two cameras to monitor the area under consideration and finds the distance where unclean patches are present,” said Srivastava.

    Professor KR Venugopal, vice chancellor, Bangalore University, said, “It is not easy to translate papers into prototypes and get patents for the same. At the every least, this conference, held for the 14th year now provides a platform for brainstorming and so many ideas have been generated.”

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Suraksha P / Express News Service / December 26th, 2018

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    Prof Hilda Rayappan

    Prof Hilda Rayappan

    The Dakshina Kannada District Karavali Utsava Samiti has chosen social activist Prof Hilda Rayappan for the Karavali Gaurava Prashasti 2018-19.

    A press release from Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar has said that the award will be present to Prof Rayappan in recognition of her contribution in the field of social service, education and women’s empowerment, among others.

    Prof Rayappan  will be given the award during the valedictory of the Karavali Utsav at Panambur beach on December 30.

    Prof Rayappan was a professor at School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya. She is the founder and managing trustee of the Prajna Counselling Centre, which was launched in 1987 and was the first counselling centre in Mangaluru. She has been providing shelter to poor destitute children at Makkala Kuteera and Chinnara Tangudana and has been engaged in rehabilitating child labourers by imparting them education.

    Through the Prajna Counselling Centre, Prof Rayappan has been providing short stay home for needy women. The Centre is also running Santwana, a women’s helpline in Mangaluru.

    In addition, women self help groups have been started that have been helping women to achieve financial independence. She is the recipient of many honours such as ‘Best Student Award’ on the 125th anniversary of the University College, ‘Social Service Award’ during the Taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelana 1997, ‘Women Empowerment Award’ by St Agnes College in 2000 and others.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State> Mangaluru / by Naina J A / DH News Service / Mangaluru – December 30th, 2018

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    The 29-year-old constable has made it his mission to encourage and educate people about organ and blood donation and sign them up for the cause.


    Haveri :

    As a policeman, it is Karabasappa Manohar Gondi’s duty to save lives. Tackling crime is, however, not the only way the constable tries to achieve it. Gondi is often the first contact point for most people in the area whenever the need for blood donation arises.

    The 29-year-old constable, currently attached to Adur Police Station in Hangal taluk of Haveri district, has made it his mission to encourage and educate people about organ and blood donation, and sign them up for the cause.

    For the last five years, he has been spreading awareness about the subject on every possible occasion in the area, and has led over 670 villagers in Hangal taluk to pledge their eyes while 11 people, including women, have pledged to donate their bodies. His mobile number is now widely in circulation, and he is often the first person called up by people during a medical emergency.

    Gondi, who is now a household name in his native village of Akkialur of Hangal taluk and the surrounding region due to his zeal to save lives, has created a group of about 1,500 like-minded people who are ready to donate blood at any time. His efforts have led to a number of people becoming regular donors, such as Akkialur Virkat Mutt pontiff Shivabasav Swamiji, who donated blood for the fifth time on December 6, and Tanaji Gorphade of Adur village, who has donated blood 30 times so far.

    Gondi’s wife and his three-and-a-half-year-old son, Hoysala, have also pledged their eyes and other organs.

    All the people who have pledged their eyes are enrolled for the cause with M M Joshi Eye Hospital in Hubballi. His efforts have led to a restoration of eyesight in nine persons who suffered from corneal defect in Hubballi and Sirsi.

    Agricultural labour Fakkeriappa Talwar of Gejjihalli village in Hangal Taluk, who injured his right eye while he was cutting maize crop, cannot thank him enough. “I’m a poor man and did not have the means to pay Rs 40,000 for an eye transplant. Hence I approached Karabasappa and got my eye operated upon. I am thankful to Karabasappa for the favour,” says Talwar, who underwent an eye transplant in August this year at Shankar Eye Hospital, Shivamogga.


    Gondi’s commitment to the cause took roots in his mind when he faced a sight problem in childhood. He underwent laser eye surgery in 2009 before joining the police department. “I always thought of doing something for the society in terms of eye care and eye donation,” says Gondi. “After I joined the police force, I started organising eye camps in my free time and convinced people to sign up for donations.”
    Gondi organised the first eye check-up camp and donation drive at Akkialur five years ago.

    He now holds an eye camp for villagers on the last Sunday of every month. He also visits schools to make children aware of the significance of blood and organ donation. In the last few years, he has also started using the social media to promote the cause. Gondi has Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram accounts on which he posts updates about eye camps, etc.

    “In the beginning, it was not easy to persuade people in small towns and villages about donating their eyes. I had to convince them slowly before villagers started signing up,” says Gondi, who is a graduate and a diploma holder in education. He often takes the help of mythological stories to dispel superstitions and taboos from people’s minds, narrating to them, for instance, how Bedara Kannappa donated both his eyes to Lord Shiva.

    “Initially it was very difficult to influence them, and they even made fun. But I did not lose hope,” he says. “I ask people to pledge their eyes on occasions such as marriages, anniversaries and birthdays. This will send a positive message in the society,” he adds.

    Gondi’s mobile phone numbers — 8861118881 or 8088318888 — are also used by people during a medical emergency.

    “Gondi has a large network of friends who have enrolled themselves for blood donation. The group comprises about 1,800 blood donors in eight districts of Karnataka. Whenever any patient requires blood, we call Gondi and we are never disappointed,” Shankar, a villager from Adur, says.

    Inspiring Act

    All the members of Gondi’s family have pledged their bodies to Haveri Sindagi Shantveereshwara Ayurveda Medical College. Inspired by their act, several families from Akkialur, Haveri and Shiggavi have also come forward to sign up for organ donation at the college. Mahantesh Salavatagi and Parvatewwa Shankrappa Bellad, both residents of Akkialur village, say, “We have pledged to donate our eyes willingly. No one should suffer from lack
    of vision.”

    Green Thumb

    Karabasappa Gondi is also passionate about environment conservation. He has so far planted 16 trees at his house in Akkialur village in memory of his ancestors.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Gangadhar Hugar / Express News Service / December 30th, 2018

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    December 28th, 2018adminUncategorized
    Sociology expert Margaret Abraham speaking at the 44th All-India Sociological Conference in Mysuru on Thursday. | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

    Sociology expert Margaret Abraham speaking at the 44th All-India Sociological Conference in Mysuru on Thursday. | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

    Sociologist and scholar Gail Omvedt said on Thursday that the world was going through a period of turmoil, with democracies being trampled by the State in various countries.

    She was speaking after receiving the lifetime achievement award presented on the first day of the 44th All-India Sociological Conference at St. Philomena’s College here.

    Prof. Omvedt said sociologists should find out the reason for this condition. “Sociologists should adopt a multi-disciplinary approach based on the relationship between humans and nature, women’s liberation, non-class relations such as caste, race and gender, along with class and culture. The contribution of Mahatma Phule, B.R. Ambedkar, and Periyar should be integrated into the theoretical discourse,” she added. Prof. M.N. Karna was also felicitated and presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to sociology .

    Earlier in the day, Margaret Abraham, professor of sociology, Hofstra University, New York, in her inaugural address, stressed the importance of providing perspectives from the margins in knowledge production and sociological engagements. She said there was a critical need for sociologists to examine the issues of inequality and injustice.

    The theme of the three-day conference is ‘Reconstructing Sociological Discourse in India: Perspectives from the Margins’. According to the organisers, the conference will address questions such as how often the sociological discourse in India has engaged in bringing to the “centre” perspectives of those who live on the margins. The scholars will also deliberate upon the popular concepts of marginality, the kind of identities that dominate the discourse, and whether there can be a universally accepted notion of marginality in Indian society.

    On Friday, the Prof. M.N. Srinivas Memorial Lecture on Sociological Imagination and Literary Sensitivity will be delivered by N. Jayaram, visiting professor, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, at 11.20 a.m.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysuru – December 26th, 2018

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    Shivaji Chatrappa Kaganikar travels from village to village helping people

    Shivaji Chatrappa Kaganikar has no place he can call home. But every place is home for this social worker who has has served Belagavi district for nearly five decades in several fields.

    Shivaji Kaka, as he is fondly called, has just turned 70 and was recently given the Devaraj Urs Award.

    Born to poor landless shepherds at Kadoli village in Belagavi district, Shivaji Kaka had a difficult childhood. He took odd jobs all along his school and college days to support his family. He briefly joined a PSU as an assistant after BSc., but his calling was something else.

    Influenced by Pune-based Gandhian and Sarvodaya activist Sane Guruji, he travelled to Maharashtra to meet Guruji and Vinoba Bhave. Back in Belagavi, he found a group of social workers, including Srirang Kamat, Sadashivrao Bhosle and Ram Apte, and got down to work.

    Mr. Kamat, who headed the Belagavi district Khadi Sangha, offered him a job as a gobar gas technician. Shivaji Kaka did the job so well that within five years, half the families in the villages of Kattanbavi and Nagenahatti had adopted gobar gas plants. “They were erected 40 years ago. Nine out of them are still working,” Shivaji Kaka says with pride.

    He later worked on promoting watershed development in various places and the water-scarce village of Kattanbavi now has enough water to support three crops, thanks to his efforts. Lakhs of trees were planted through ‘shramadana’ (contributory labour) inspired by Shivaji Kaka. “What is more important is that most of them are surviving. It means that people who planted them took care of them too,” he says.

    Later, as a volunteer of the adult education programme in the ‘70s, he opened hundreds of literacy centres and evening schools for women and farm labourers. He helped set up scores of anganwadis too. He led anti-arrack protests in several villages.

    He continues to guide farmers in watershed development or permaculture.

    Currently, he spends most of his time organising MNREGA workers. Apart from the Zilla Khadi Sangha, Shivaji Kaka’s work has been supported by German funding agencies, the Tata Trust and NGOs such as Jana Jagaran and Jivan Vivek Pratishtan.

    ‘No permanent address’

    Sharad Gopal, of Jagruta Mahila Okkoota, says: “He does not have a phone or a permanent address. Whenever he has to make a call, he stops anyone, literally anyone in the street, or enters any shop and requests them if he can use their phone and they are more than willing,” she says.

    It is difficult to find him in one village after two days. He keeps moving. “That is because there is work to be done in every village,” says Shivaji Kaka.

    Does he ever feel sad about some youngsters not being worried about environment destruction or other crucial issues? “No. Sane Guruji taught us that we should do our work and not worry about tomorrow,” he says, with an unpretentious smile.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnatka / by Rishikesh Bahadur Desai / Belagavi – December 26th, 2018

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