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    Robin Uthappa’s unselfish contribution in Rohit Sharma’s 264


    November 13 is often remembered for India batsman Rohit Sharma’s magnanimous 264 against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI of the series at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2014. Rohit’s freakish 264 is widely recognised as among the best ODI knocks by any batsman but very few can recall the huge role played by his partner Robin Uthappa in the death overs.

    Uthappa joined Rohit when India’s score were 276-4 after 40.2 overs. The Indian opener had already gone past 150-run mark and in next 58 balls, Rohit managed to accumulate more than 100 runs and created a world record which was far away from the second best at that time.

    Playing against a poor bowling Sri Lankan attack, Uthappa had the perfect chance to score fifty or more which could have helped him in cementing his place in the ODI side for the coming World Cup 2015. But it was Uthappa’s inglorious selfless run-a-ball 16 which was the reason behind Rohit posting a colossal score to his name.

    The duo added 128 runs in just 58 balls together, with Uthappa’s contribution of mere 12.5% to the partnership. The percentage number definitely looks very small but it was all for the sake of team and batting partner. Out of 16 runs Uthappa scored, 12 were singles, which ensured Rohit stayed on strike for as much as possible.

    Further, Uthappa played only 6 more international matches for India — 4 ODIs and 2 T20Is till July 2015. Uthappa has been one of the big player from Karnataka and from 2017-18 season onwards, he has shifted to Saurashtra in domestic crcket.

    source: http://www.sportswallah.com / SportsWallah.com / Home> Cricket> News / by SportsWallah Desk / November 13th, 2017

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    Sandalwood star Harshika Poonacha is all set to make her debut in Malayalam cinema.

    Harshika Poonacha

    Harshika Poonacha

    Like the historic Charminar, which is a symbol of monumental beauty, this Coorg beauty has encountered something special with another kind of Charminar!

    After making a mark in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil, Harshika Poonacha has now bagged a beautiful ticket to Mollywood. In her debut movie in Malayalam titled Charminar, she plays a Mallu girl based in Bengaluru. The actress who is fluent in all South Indian languages including Kodava, Tulu and Konkani, talks all about her new exciting journey, and much more.

    “Even as my debut Tamil movie Un Kadhal Yerrindhal is yet to release, I have taken up a very special project in Malayalam. I could not have asked for more especially when I was told that the team had auditioned at least 1,500 girls for the role. It may sound exaggerated but the team was very particular about the girl’s character who had to look good in both Indian and as well hold herself well as a Western super model. Some matched perfectly for the model’s part and others for Indian girl’s character, and hence the search continued.

    Finally, when someone referred my name along with my portfolio, I fit both the roles, as a pakka desi, geeky looking girl and a model, so they approached me,” says Harshika Poonacha.

    Her debut Malayalam movie is being directed by Ajith C Logesh, and has two male actors in the lead — Ashwin Kumar and Hemanth Menon. While her latest Kannada movie Upendra Matte Baa, starring alongside Real Star Upendra sees her play a special cameo appearance, it also includes a ‘real’ foot tapping number releasing this week, she has signed another in Kannada titled Chitte.

    Back to her Mollywood debut, the actress reveals that it has a special connection with namma Kannada. “As I play a Mallu girl in Bengaluru, I get to speak Kannada in some parts of Charminar. This is something I improvised and convinced my director that I would speak in Kannada whenever I am happy and excited. As I said, I have two shades to my character, the transformation from an ordinary typical Indian girl to super model is the best part.”

    With regard to her multi-lingual skills, she adds that living in Bengaluru has helped her learn all the south Indian languages. “Language has never been a problem and I feel it is a ‘power’ to me. I can speak Kannada, Kodava, Konkani, Tuli, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English fluently. Nobody reads me my lines, I understand the emotions behind it and deliver,” she adds.

    Before flying away like a Chitte, she shares her Bollywood dreams: “When I had been for my photoshoot, I did come across several offers to work including a project of Madhur Bhandarkar, and another one starring Sanjay Dutt. I was almost starting shooting for one them but they asked me to shift my base to Mumbai. I was in a confused state of mind with commitments down South and my prime intention was to make a name for myself in Kannada first, thus it kept me from it.

    Moreover, I could not leave my parents. I, sometimes regret it but I am hopeful about it, and also glad that I am heading in the right direction,” she signs off.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Entertainment> Sandalwood / by ShashiPrasad SM, Deccan Chronicle / November 17th, 2017

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    November 16th, 2017adminCoffee News

    Itanagar :

    Coffee may soon replace tea in Kanubari if the present market trends continue as the tea growers are left at their receiving end, more so because the low price and shortage of laborers have seriously hit the farmers, said Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Information Technology (APSCIT) and e-Governance Gabriel Denang Wangsu.

    “Kanubari so far known for its lush green tea gardens may soon get recognition for coffee,” observed Wangsu, who is also the local MLA, while describing coffee as a suitable and sustainable alternative of the present day economy.

    Addressing a team of officers from Coffee Board of India, State officials and public during various interactive sessions at Kanubari and Longhua village at Kanubari, the MLA said coffee offers scope for economic growth and helps in maintaining natural equilibrium, an official report stated.

    Calling upon the people to seriously take up coffee farming as one of the sources of sustenance by following the farming techniques and procedures, Wangsu said that forest and horticulture departments too would soon raise coffee nurseries with the help of Coffee Board.

    Joint Director of Coffee Board Dr C G Anand, who arrived at Kanubari from Bangaluru to study the feasibility of coffee cultivation, said that Kanubari area is suitable for growing robusta coffee and the success stories of other parts of India can be replicated in this region.

    Describing the first coffee nursery raised by a local entrepreneur Lempho Wangjen as beginning of a new chapter, Dr Anand assured all technical support from his office. Necessary aids and advices for raising coffee plantation would be made available at the doorsteps of the farmers, he assured.

    Deputy Director of Coffee Board, P P Choudhury said the 5-member team is here as a follow up of the initiation by the State Chief Minister Pema Khandu to encourage coffee cultivation in the State.

    10-15 farmers would soon be selected to undergo on-field training outside the State before coffee saplings are distributed for plantation, he said.

    “More than hundred farmers are already taking up coffee farming in Deomali area in Tirap district and many more are ready to venture into this cash crop,” he added.

    source: http://www.sentinelassam.in / The Sentinel / Home> Arunachal News> Story / by The Sentinel, The Staff Reporter / November 15th, 2017

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    November 16th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    Hanoi :

    The coffee industry should improve output, quality and added value for an export turnover target of US$6 billion by 2030, said Lương Văn Tự, chairman of Việt Nam Coffee and Cocoa Association.

    Tự told the press meeting to introduce the first Việt Nam Coffee Day held in Hà Nội on Tuesday that the coffee industry has been growing impressively over the past three decades. Việt Nam’s coffee output made up just 1 per cent of world market shares in 1991, but that figure rose to nearly 20 per cent in the 2015-16 crop year.

    However, the industry has been affected by climate changes. Last year, the sector suffered the most severe drought in the past 30 years. Meanwhile, the areas of old coffee trees, which need to re-plant in the next five years, was up to 160,000 ha. The re-farming progress has been slow in the Central Highlands region.

    He said the industry should make great efforts to fulfil two main targets including maintaining its place as the second biggest producer and exporter of coffee beans in the world and stepping up the processing of instant and roasted coffee. These aim to increase export value from the current $3 billion to $6 billion by 2030.

    The chairman added that the coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality.

    “If the investment speed in instant and roasted coffees is faster, time to meet the $6 billion target would be shortened. Currently, many foreign groups have been investing in Việt Nam’s coffee industry due to its abundant material areas and preferential tax,” he said.

    For example, Indian Tata Coffee Limited invested in an instant coffee processing plant with a total investment of $60 million in the southern province of Bình Dương.

    The organiser of Việt Nam Coffee Day said the first event is scheduled to take place in Đà Lạt City in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng from December 9-11.

    The event, featuring many products of Việt Nam’s famous coffee localities nationwide, is described as an opportunity to promote products to domestic and international consumers, raising the value of Vietnamese goods in the international market.

    An international conference on the development of the coffee sector is scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the event, with the participation of representatives from coffee-producing countries and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). — VNS

    source: http://www.vietnamnews.vn / Vietnam News / Home> Vietnam News> Economy / November 15th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    A group of Bengalureans are out on a mission to restore the Kaveri catchment area in Kodagu to protect its biodiversity.Sheshadri, a conservationist and member of the Bengaluru-based group Forest First Samithi (FFS), believes that the word ‘conservation’ would not have existed in the English dictionary if people knew how to stay connected with nature. “It is because of our apathy that we have reached this pathetic state, where we fight with each other for even water,” he says.

    Sheshadri along with IT professionals Meera Rajesh, Uma, Anil Panolil Chirikandoth and Dhandapany, formed this group in 2008 and they began their conservation work in Wayanad. They started working in Kodagu six months ago. The team works in association with Kodagu Model Forest Trust with an aim to conserve over 100 indigenous tree species of Western Ghats such as Saraca asoca, Mammea suriga, Garcinia talbotii, Dysoxylum malabaricum and Bridelia retusa. The team does rain water management to ensure maximum percolation to improve the ground water levels.

    People from the community equally participate in the conservation of the biodiversity

    People from the community equally
    participate in the conservation
    of the biodiversity

    They encourage community participation as well. About eight people are working on this project. They are paid `8,000 per month from the funds that the team receives through online crowdfunding and friends. “A few IT professionals also contribute `5,000 from their monthly salary towards this cause,” he says.

    Meera adds, “During the British Raj, the forest conservators were actually exploiting our forests for commercial benefits. We aim to make a headway in real time conservation of forest and ecology. It’s only then that our generation and posterity shall stand to gain and prosper.” The team is picking up some degraded patches of land across Kodagu with an attempt to protect them from cattle grazing and wild fires. Sheshadri says, “We clear dry grass and convert them to manure, hence, preventing wildfires from spreading.”

    Funding is a major challenge for the project. The team is raising `7.30 lakh for this work through crowdfunding. If you wish to contribute for the cause, visit www.bitgiving.com. For further details about the team, log on to www.ffs.org.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / November 14th, 2017

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    Earliest memories of television: That would be of my father renting out a VCR and video cassettes from a neighbouring library and us watching at least one film a week. We had a small black & white TV set at home. Some time in the mid 90s, we bought a colour TV. The brand that we had bought was popular for its tag line “Neighbour’s envy, Owner’s pride.” It was such a big deal when we bought that TV because it was huge and a colour TV above all. It had fancy buttons and our entire street was in awe when we first got it home.


    All-time favourite TV serials: Shakthimaan stands out in my memory even today. Then I remember waiting for the weekend to watch the Donald Duck series. When cable TV came in, it was Kadambari, because my mother used to watch it all the time. I was still a kid but Shwetha Chengappa who played a major part in it was my first crush among TV personalities. I loved watching Ripleys Believe It Or Not and also World’s Funniest Animals.

    Advice to newbies entering television: Whether it’s TV or cinema, I’d say, patience is the key. And always remember that you can’t become a superstar overnight. Work hard and also remember to respect your profession.

    source:http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> TV> News> Kannada / by Madhu Daithota / TNN / November 13th, 2017

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    Students performed a peacock dance at Yuvajanotsava held at Forestry College, Ponnampet on Friday.

    Students performed a peacock dance at Yuvajanotsava held at Forestry College, Ponnampet on Friday.

    Forestry College, Ponnampet won the overall championship in the cultural programmes held as part of the two-day Yuvajanotsava at Forestry College in Ponnampet on Friday.

    Students of Forestry College had won 106 points while students of Mudigere Horticulture College won the second place with 96 points. In the diploma category, the students of Brahamavar College won the overall championship while Kathalegere Diploma College won the second place.

    Yuvajanotsava, under the title of Yuvaspandana, was organised by the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga.

    Students of Ponnampet Forestry College and Mudigere Horticultural College presented a peacock dance, Pooja Kunitha, Nandikolu, Veeragasem Bhoothakunitha and others. Mudigere College students entertained the audience with Dollu Kunitha and Pooja Kunitha while students of the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga presented Lambani dance.

    Rangayana Director Bhagirathi Bai said that youth have immense talent. Rangayana will organise College Natakotsava next month.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri / November 11th, 2017

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    November 12th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The Banashankari annual temple fair will be held at Hebbale in North Kodagu on November 19.

    Special pooja rituals for the Goddess will be held on Sunday.

    The temple will be decked up with lights and flowers for the celebrations. A large number of devotees from Mysuru and Hassan are expected to take part in the temple fair.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS Madikeri / November 11th, 2017

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    November 11th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News
    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop.

    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop.

    Kochi :

    Coffee exporters are not enthused with the early arrival of coffee beans this time, as global prices of the commodity are on a downswing following reports of a good crop in Brazil, its largest producer.

    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop. But in a low-price situation, they fear they may not be able to take advantage of an early crop, particularly that of Arabica.

    “As the prices are dropping, exporters are not selling, though buyers may be interested. We hope that prices will improve after a few months,” said MP Devaiah, business head of coffee at Allanasons, a major coffee exporter.

    The price of coffee in the international market has been declining since August. Arabica futures prices at ICE New York stood at $1.22 per pound on November 1, down by 15-20% from earlier this year. Robusta prices, too, are showing a declining trend.


    The picking of arabica beans, which normally start by the end of November, has already begun in the coffee producing states. “This time, it may be completed by the end of November, instead of in December,’’ said MM Chengappa, former chairman of Karnataka Planters’ Association. Harvest of robusta is expected to begin a month earlier, in December.

    Coffee growers fear that the heavy rains last month have led to a fall of berries on a large scale.

    Although the post blossom estimate of the Coffee Board projects an output of 3,50,400 tonnes for 2017-18, growers feel output will be less by a large margin. According to them, delayed monsoon will affect the robusta production.

    “Total output will be about 3.12 lakh tonnes, similar to last year. Robusta will be around 2.10 lakh tonnes, against 2.47 lakh tonnes projected by the Board,’’ Chengappa said.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> Markets> Commodities> News / ET Bureau / November 03rd, 2017

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    Categories at the marathon include one-mile run, 10 km, 21 km and 42 km

    Categories at the marathon include one-mile run, 10 km, 21 km and 42 km

    The third edition of the world’s first barefoot marathon will be held at the Tata Coffee Sports Ground at Pollibeta in Kodagu on Dec 10.

    Cheppudira Nikki Ponappa, professional golfer, coach and founder of Coorg Wellness Foundation, said the event is being organised with Milind Soman as part of the Coorg Reconnect Initiative by Coorg Wellness Foundation.

    Ponappa said, “Barefoot marathon is an initiative through which we want the people of Kodagu as well as anyone who is a nature and wildlife lover to reconnect with mother earth and the best way to do this is by being barefoot. Through this event, we are trying to spread awareness about the rehabilitation of the elephant habitat and we want to replant the 54,000 trees that were chopped from Kodagu for a power grid. So, through the event, we hope to create awareness for planting native fruit trees in an eco-sensitive area like Kodagu. Our wildlife and elephants need to stay in the forest and enjoy their homeland.”

    The organisers are expecting about 500 runners to participate from all over the country. “While for the natives of Kodagu, cash prize is awarded, outsiders who win prizes take home produce such as coffee and pepper. We want people to come and experience Kodagu and take back Kodagu with them. The entire event is an eco-friendly event with a ban on plastics. Even water is served in coconut shells. There are no loud speakers nor do we use electricity. The warm up begins with the folk music known as the ‘Vallaga’ and people will have to warm up by dancing the traditional Kodava dance,” Ponappa said.

    Ponappa said the categories include one-mile run, 10 km, 21 km and 42 km.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> News> State / by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 10th, 2017

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