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    Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’souza on Monday has threatened the engineers concerned that they would be held accountable for any complaints/problems pertaining to drinking water supply.

    Chairing a meeting on drinking water works and fodder issues, the deputy commissioner expressed his anguish against the engineers over the tardy progress in the drinking water works taken up at a cost of Rs 1 crore last year. The DC was upset over the underutilisation of funds sanctioned for the water works. “If there is failure in utilising the amount, sanctioned last year, to its fullest, how can we seek funds for the current year, the DC questioned.

    The deputy commissioner directed the engineers to expedite the water works and address the water woes in the district.

    Additional Deputy Commissioner M Satish Kumar said, “A Cabinet sub-committee headed by Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa has been constituted. The sub-committee should be apprised of the measures taken.”

    The officials should furnish information related to measures taken to address drinking water complalints, cattle feed among others, he added.

    The Addl DC also instructed the officers to speed up drought relief works.
    Zilla panchayat deputy secretary, planning director, chief planning officer and executive officers of respective taluk panchayats were told to work in tandem to mitigate drought.

    Rural Drinking Water Engineer Shashidhar, along with assistant executive enginers from three taluks in the district, apprised the meeting of the status of the works taken up in the district.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, December 13th, 2016

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    This coffee-infused bioelastic foam can filter lead from water. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    This coffee-infused bioelastic foam can filter lead from water. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    Tune in tonight on PBS NewsHour where Miles O’Brien will look at the hazards and history of lead as part of his Leading Edge series.

    Needless to say, humans have a coffee obsession.

    Last year, global coffee consumption weighed in at 10 million tons — or one and half Great Pyramids worth of beans ground into caffeinated oblivion. Now, a lab at the Italian Institute of Technology wants to put those discarded grounds to good use.

    The team has engineered a coffee grounds-infused foam that removes hazardous metals, like lead, from water. Though still in its prototype phase, this foam might be able to clear the worst levels of lead contamination found in places like Flint, Michigan, within a few hours.

    “The proposed method is cheaper [than current large-scale filtration systems], since it uses principally costless waste,” said IIT physicist Despina Fragouli who led the project. “and more sustainable compared to other systems, where synthetic materials are used.”

    The idea isn’t entirely new. Scientists have known for years that coffee contains chemical groups — called carboxylates — that stick to metals. Early attempts at this water remediation concept tried smashing the coffee grounds into a fine powder, which was then mixed into lead-tainted water. The toxic metals bind the powder, and together, they are filtered out of the water. But this procedure is a bit redundant — you need a filter for a filter.

    Fragouli and her colleagues simplified this process by chemically infusing the coffee powder onto a elastic foam. The final spongy foam is 60 to 70 percent coffee by weight.

    Left panel: Bioelastic foam with the spent coffee powder indicated by the yellow circles and the inset. Right panel: Pure elastic foam without coffee powder. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    Left panel: Bioelastic foam with the spent coffee powder indicated by the
    yellow circles and the inset. Right panel: Pure elastic foam without coffee powder. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    “Both the coffee and the heavy metal ions are entrapped in the foam,” Fragouli said of her findings published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. “Therefore, no additional procedures are required for the removal of the [coffee] adsorbents and the pollutants from the water.”

    So, a water official would simply pull the foam from the water to take out the metal toxins. The rate of removal depends on how much lead is in the water. If Fragouli’s team started with water containing nine parts per million of lead — 360 times higher than most common amount found during the Flint water crisis — the foam could remove a third of the contamination in 30 minutes.

    Though promising, Fragouli said more research is needed to determine if the foam can obtain lead and mercury levels appropriate for drinking, especially with gunky water flowing through real-world pipes. So far, the sole field test occurred with wastewater from the IIT’s chemistry department, which contained a mixture of metal ions.

    “The results show that the metal ions of interest can be effectively removed,” Fragouli said.

    source: http://www.pbs.org / PBS Newshour / Home> The Run Down> Science / by Nsikan Akpan / September 28th, 2016

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    The grooming for ‘Nagarahavu’ Kannada cinema by PEN Movies Jayanthilal Gada and Sajid Quereshi is going up strongly. It is in this film dialogue king Saikumar is playing a pivotal role. The advertisements released recently on birthday of Saikumar revealed his presence in bilingual ‘Nagarahavu’.

    The team of Sajid Quereshi in Bengaluru developed ‘APP’ for Nagarahavu that is one and half months away from release. At the 9th State Level School Olympics 2016, the Nagarahavu APP was released in the presence of yesteryears top athlete Ashwini Nachappa by producer of ‘Nagarahavu’ Sajid Quereshi.

    The state level student Olympics event also held prizes distribution. Ashwini Nachappa and Sajid Quereshi were honoured at this event.

    Now ‘Nagarahavu’ posters, trailer and other updates are available on APP on your mobile phones. The audio of ‘Nagarahavu’ is releasing on 14th of August while the film is set for release on September 16 – 2 days before Dr Vishnuvardhana birth anniversary on September 18.

    source: http://www.indiaglitz.com / IndiaGlitz / Home / Thursday – August 04th, 2016

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    Mysuru :

    The Leading Physicians of the World (LPW) has recognised Dr. Dechu Ponnappa Puliyanda, MD, an alumnus of Mysore Medical College (MMC), as a top Paediatric Nephrologist in California by including her name in its 2016 edition.

    LPW, which began as a yearly publication, selecting and documenting the biographies of medicines brightest minds, has over time evolved into the largest international exclusive medical organisation, representing first rate doctors in over 100 different medical specialties in all major markets across the globe.

    Profile: Dechu Puliyanda is an astute clinician with a special interest in Pediatric Nephrology and kidney transplantation. After finishing her Fellowship in Nephrology and Transplantation from Harvard, she joined the prestigious Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Beverly Hills California, where she currently serves as the Director of the Pediatric Nephrology programme. She is a professor of Pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre as well as Professor of Pediatrics at the UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine at Los Angeles, California.

    Her research has focused on viral infections in the post transplant period, and surrogate markers for renal transplant rejection. She is a world-renowned speaker and has presented at a number of national and international conferences. She is an author of many peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals. In addition, she has a very strong commitment to providing comprehensive care to children and adolescents with chronic kidney disease.

    Dr. Dechu Puliyanda is is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, International Pediatric Transplantation Association, American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, International Pediatric Nephrology Association to name a few.

    A gold medallist from Mysore Medical College (MMC), Dr. Dechu Puliyanda completed her internship and residency at the Rush Presbyterian St.Luke’s Medical Centre in Chicago. She then completed her Fellowship in Nephrology and Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

    She is the daughter of late Dr. Kokkalera Ponnappa and Machie Ponnappa (nee Pandanda), who is a resident of Mittal Panorama on Lalitha Mahal Road in Mysuru. She is married to Subbaiah Puliyanda and the couple have two children, Siddarth and Sitara.

    Dechu’s brother Uthaiah Kokkalera is a Robotic Laparascopic Surgeon in Los Angeles, California.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 18th, 2016

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    Kokkalera Uthaiah Ponnappa, who hails from Kodagu and is now settled in the U.S., has bagged the Resident Achievement Award for 2005, a national award given to a resident surgeon in that country by the Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons (SLS), according to family sources here.

    An SLS communication to Dr. Uthaiah Ponnappa said that in recognition of his being an outstanding laparo-endoscopic resident, his name has been listed in the SLS News and World Report section of the Journal of the Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons.

    Dr. Uthaiah Ponnappa did his MBBS at Bangalore Medical College and went to Manchester in the U.K. for his FRCS. — Staff Correspondent

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Karnataka> Briefly / Saturday – July 16th, 2005

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    May 28th, 2016adminEducation, Science & Technology

    Medical Education Minister Dr Sharanaprakash R Patil assured of upgrading the district hospital in Madikeri by increasing the number of beds from 410 to 650.

    He paid a sudden visit to the district hospital in town on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons later, he said that the hospital lacked space for an upgrade.

    “Land will be needed for construction of the new medical college, but there is a need to upgrade the hospital as well. Compared to last year’s condition, the hospital has improved a lot,” he said.

    Dr Patil inspected the facilities at the dialysis, X-Ray, women’s surgery ward, emergency unit and other wards and directed the hospital staff to clear the hospital of unwanted materials.

    The minister, meanwhile, visited the construction site of Kodagu Medical College and inspected the work. The building can currently accommodate the students of first year MBBS course, he said and directed the contractor to complete the necessary works such as construction of protective walls, as soon as possible.

    “The quality of the construction work is good. If needed, a third party inspection will be conducted regarding the quality of work,” he stated.

    “The Medical Council of India has given permission to start the classes from the current year itself,” he added.

    Dr Patil also inspected various sections such as dissection hall, security section, cold storage, anatomy museum and auditorium. He said that the hostels should be ready for accommodation before the admission of students. MLC Sunil Subramani, DC Meer Anees Ahmmed and district Surgeon Muttappa were present.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri , May 27th, 20`16

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    Nagarahole first in the State to implement the project on experimental basis

    PCCF B.J. Hosmath to inaugurate the project tomorrow


    Mysuru :

    With water bodies drying up due to lack of rains in almost all forests in the State and also because of scorching heat, the Forest Department has now turned towards solar energy to pump water to water bodies on an experimental basis at Nagarahole Reserve Forest, the first in the State to do so.

    The project of pumping water to water bodies by utilising solar power will be inaugurated on Sunday (May 8) by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) B.J. Hosmath.

    The Tiger Tank at Antharasanthe Zone in Nagarahole Reserve Forest, which used to cater to the needs of the wild animals, got dried up about three months ago and the animals were forced to go in search of water.

    RFO Mahesh, who observed the animals moving in search of water, began to fill the water bodies using tankers, but it was not enough to cater to their needs. Hence, a borewell was sunk about 100 mts away from the Tiger Tank and a submersible pump was installed to pump water to the tank. Now, to supply power to the water pump, solar panels with 5100 watts capacity have been installed about 20 ft. above the ground and solar energy is being tapped to supply power to the pump.

    A pipe is placed to pump water from the borewell to the tank, which is about 100 mts. away, and three litres of water is being pumped per second into the tank. The water pump will pump water for 6 to 8 hours a day with a total of 60,000 to 80,000 litres being pumped into the tank every day.

    The solar panel is installed at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh and the cost was borne by wildlife enthusiast Tiger Ramesh, who had earlier donated CCTV Cameras to Bandipur and Nagarahole.

    The Tiger Tank was drying up fast and we used to fill water to the tank using water tankers since three months. For the first time in the State, solar energy is being utilised in the forest to pump water to fulfill the water needs of wild animals. If this experiment succeeds, the same will be implemented in other places where there is scarcity of water.

    — RFO Mahesh, Antharasanthe Zone

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / by M.T.Yogesh Kumar / May 07th, 2016

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    And joining in the ever growing list of sports personalities investing in startups, Robin Uthappa, through his VC firm Caffeine Ventures, has invested an undisclosed amount in Healtheminds, a healthcare technology startup.

    These newly raised funds will be used by the company to launch a new product and to increase its reach across India. The company will also hire for its operations team.

    Founded in 2013 by Ankita Puri – a former investment banker and Sunita Maheshwari, Yale-trained cardiologist, Healtheminds focuses on tackling mental and emotional problems of patients. The company also has an online platform through which users can connect with counsellors, psychologists and coaches through video, telephonic and chat communication systems.

    It claims that currently, there are more than 70 professionals across India on its platform. It provides video counselling while keeping the identity of the caller anonymous. Until now, the company was bootstrapped and claims that of doubling its users every month. The company aim to do at least 5,000 online therapy sessions each month on the platform.

    Robin Uthappa, who invested in this round, said,

    I invested in HealthEminds to help break this barrier that is holding people back from reaching their full potential. Today, online is a great medium for people to easily reach out for help whether it is to overcome depression, blocks or break barriers in their lives with the right help.

    Commenting on investment from Robin, Sunit Maheshwari, co-founder of the company, said,

    It’s wonderful to have an investor on board who understands the importance of the mind in sport and in health.

    The company is charging between ₹500 and ₹1500 per session depending on the professional. It works with 45 mental healthcare professionals nationally and is targeting to increase this number to 100 by the end of the calendar year. Healtheminds panel of professionals comprises of renowned psychologists, counsellors, life coaches, psychiatrists and nutritionists, who are all equipped to help improve personal and professional development.

    Users can book an online session with a professional of their choice at a time that suits them and have a video session from the comfort of their home.

    As for Uthappa, this is not the first time he is investing in a startup. Earlier, he had invested close to Rs 1.5 crore in iTiffin – a Bangalore based healthy food/tiffin delivery service provider.

    source: http://www.thetechportal.in / TheTechPortal.in / Home> News> Start-Ups / by Jeet Suthar / March 29th, 2016

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    Coffee plantation owners keen to use drones to assess crop health


    Enabled by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones are leading agricultural data collection and facilitating precision analysis in agriculture globally, helping to improve crop yield.

    Though the use of drones by civilians is as yet restricted in India, speakers at a recent coffee seminar urged the government to allow these hi-tech machines to help detect the health of the crop.

    Apart from their military use, millions of farmers across the country could use drones and the new emerging technology to boost production and efficiency in their farms.

    “We are on the cusp of a new era of farming, where precision agriculture practices can offer a new approach to crop management. We now have a technique that wrings out waste and uses data to maximise crop yields and profits. UAV technology is reshaping farming,” said Jaisimha Rao, coffee plantation owner and entrepreneur.

    Game changer

    Passionate about technology and agriculture, Rao noticed the lack of data-driven decision making while working on his family’s coffee plantation. He decided to combine the versatility of UAVs and computers, and ensure algorithms to analyse crops. Aiming to bridge the gap, Rao, who holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University, founded TartanSense. The company uses UAVs to capture and analyse aerial imagery.

    Blanket restrictions

    “Flying drones and gathering data is a game changer for agriculture, and especially for large plantations like coffee. How we can use this technology in India is the moot point, since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has restricted the use of drones,” he said.

    Pointing out that the “blanket restriction by the DGCA to operate drones would kill the enthusiasm of start-ups” such as his, Rao said his drones had worked in Indonesia, Japan as well as in the US, with drones costing upwards of $100,000.

    Speaking about the new technology, Sanjiv Sarin, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Coffee, who was moderating the talk, said, “We are entering the future of the coffee industry. The Coffee Board can work for government clearances to use drones in agriculture.”

    Though coffee is shade-grown among silver oak trees, Rao said, “drones will soon be able to look at a tree and avoid it. Over the next 6-12 months, we are going to have an UAV that can fly under the canopy, measure each and every coffee bush and get data for the planter. Canopy penetration will be the true essence of precision farming.”

    Big data

    Agricultural drones are UAVs used for precision agriculture, which is a modern method of farming globally that uses big data, aerial imagery and other means to optimise efficiency.

    The drone collects the crop’s image and makes a colour coded map based on its health, which is then assessed by the UAV firm.

    Drones are helping assess the exact nature and area of crop damage during natural calamities, and are helping save huge amounts.

    Stating that a lot of people are fascinated by drones, Rao said the real value add “is not the hardware, which is about how to fly them and get the data, but to analyse it and benefit the farmer.”

    Detailing the functioning of the UAV, Rao said, “Our drone flies for about 20 minutes, and then the battery is dead. It can survey about 150 acres. We send the images up to the cloud, and can then stitch the data into a nice map. Once you get the image and sensor data in a map, one can get an actionable report and help the farmer. This is where the real skill lies.”

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Economy> Agri Business / by Amrita Nair-Ghasalla / Mumbai – February 05th, 2016

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    December 25th, 2015adminEducation, Science & Technology

    The Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat has arranged an interaction of students from different schools in Kalaburagi district on Thursday with budding scientistsfrom different parts of the State who have qualified for the 23rd National Children’s Science Congress to be held in Chandigarh University at Mohali from December 27.

    26 of them will participate in the interaction.

    The following have qualified to participate in the national science congress:

    Junior (Urban):

    S.M. Vismaya (Davanagere), Prema Golasangi (Bagalkote), M.J. Akshay (Madikeri), D. Sankalpa (Bidar), Shrivalli A. Kulkarni (Bengaluru), Sahana (Chamarajanagar);

    Junior (Rural):

    Bharathikumar Patil (Davanagere), Nandita Gulbal (Bagalkote), Avanthi (Dakshina Kannada), Dixa Nayak (Uttara Kannada), T. Akash (Bidar), B.P. Tanushri (Tumakuru);

    Senior (Urban):

    Poornima M. Patil (Vijayapura), Vineeth (Kalaburagi), Sangamesh Sanromath (Uttara Kannada), Harishgowda (Madikeri), Mushrifa (Madikeri), Ibrahim (Kalaburagi), K.T. Gopika (Kolar), Sahana Patil (Dakshina Kannada), Kaya Bharadwaj (Tumakuru);

    Senior (Rural):

    Devaki (Kalaburagi), Beerappa Sheeparmatt (Bagalkote), K.S. Ruthu (Dakshina Kannada), B. Vidya (Tumakuru), Shashank Amblimath (Belagavi), Inchara (Dakshina Kannada), Vaibhavi Tikotkar (Vijayapura), K.V. Ramya (Davanagere), and Nagaratna Shikolli (Belagavi).

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by T.V. Sivanandan / Kalaburagi – December 24th, 2016

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