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    Former international athlete Ashwini Nachappa was known as much for her on-field achievements as for her style quotient off it. She was the first to beat PT Usha’s 200 metres at the Open National and the International Permit meet.

    An Asian silver medallist in 200 metres, she was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1989. Ashwini believes that it is her confidence and the strong value system she grew up in that has brought out the best in her.

    At present, Ashwini holds various responsibilities as the president of the Bangalore Urban District Athletics Association, vice-president of Karnataka Athletic Association and the president of Clean Sports India.

    Cinema – Amitabh Bachchan

    “I admire the work of Amitabh Bachchan because I don’t think anybody can ever take his place either in acting or voice. I’ve acted in about five movies and stopped after our first child was born. I like to watch comedy which could be in just about any language and prefer watching them at home. I like ‘Devadas’ for its grand setting and ‘Taare Zameen Par’ for its relevance.”

    Music – Lionel Richie

    “I listen to a few select tracks by Cliff Richard, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion… but all this depends on my mood. I can also never tire of listening to Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi. Lately, I’ve have begun listening to Adele, who has sung for most of the James Bond movies. She makes some great conversation through her songs.”

    Philosophy – Learning from mistakes

    “I’ve learnt a great deal from the failures and mistakes. I look at everyday as a new experience. I always give my cent percent to whatever I do and I live by that philosophy. I don’t get stuck in the past or let the ‘ifs and buts’ hamper my progress.”

    Author – Robin Sharma

    “I never get too much time to relax with a book but whenever I do get a chance , I make it a point to read the works of Robin Sharma, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ being one of my favourites. I am also fond of J Krishnamurti’s books. When I was much younger, I loved reading Jeffrey Archer and Robin Cook.”

    Travel – San Francisco

    “I travel a lot between Coorg and Bengaluru and I occasionally fly to San Francisco to be with my older daughter. Our school Karaumbiah’s Academy of Learning and Sports (KALS) and Sports Academy- ASF in Coorg which has about 800 students takes up a lot of my time. Most of my travel happens for work purposes and I also find this as a perfect excuse to not only go home to Coorg but to get away from the maddening pace of city life.”

    Cuisine – ‘Chaat’

    “I am not much of a meat-eater and I am happy with my plate of vegetables. I also have a fetish for ‘Chaats’. But I think I am a good cook and make it a point to cook for my daughter and her friends whenever I go visiting in San Francisco. I make ‘Biryani’, ‘Paneer’ and ‘Chole bhature’.”

    Inspiration – Parvathy Nachappa

    “My mother Parvathy Nachappa is my biggest inspiration. She has struggled to bring my sister and me up. I’ve never heard her complain even once despite all the hardship. She has stood by us and seen our success and failures too. She has always taught us never bow down to anybody and to walk with our heads held high. She wants us to give our 100% to whatever we do and to have faith in God.”

    (As told to Nina C George)

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / by Nina C. George / DHNS, Bengaluru – April 14th, 2016

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    Mangalore :

    Air India’s Senior Manager (In-flight Services), Bangalore and Hockey Olympian Mr A B Subbaiah has been conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Mangalore University for his contribution to the field of Sports and Social service.

    Hans Raj Bhardwaj, the Governor of Karnataka, conferred the same on Anjaparavanda Bopaiah Subbaiah on the occasion of the 31st Annual convocation of the University held on February 23, 2013 at Mangalore, in the presence of Mr T C Shivasankara Murthy, Vice-chancellor of Mangalore University, Mr. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, besides other dignitaries. He shared the stage with two other noted recipients Padma Shri. Kadri Gopalnath, a pioneer in Carnatic music on saxophone, and Chandrashekhara Kambara, the founder Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University at Hampi and a Jnanpith awardee.

    Born in Madikeri of Kodagu district in Karnataka, Subbaiah joined Air India in 1989 and has represented the airline’s hockey team over many years. He has been involved in the game of Hockey for over 30 years and has represented the national team in more than 285 international matches. Between 1988 and 1998, he took part in over 285 international fixtures, thereby winning several gold, silver and bronze medals.

    He represented India in Barcelona Olympics in 1992, led the India International Hockey team 1993, represented World cup in 1994 and Atlanta Olympics in 1996 besides three Asian games winning one Gold and two silver medals. He was honoured with Karnataka Rajyostva award in 1993, Arjuna award in 1997, Ekalavya award in 2003 and Karnataka Olympic association award for life time achievement in 2010.

    Subbaiah led the Bangalore University’s hockey team in 1986-87. In the recent league tournament fixtures, he donned a new role, that of a commentator. He continues his services to the game by acting as the coach, Manager, umpire, administrator and selector.

    source: http://www.enarada.com / Enarada / Home> News / Mangalore – February 28th, 2013

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    The 20th annual Kodava hockey festival began at the Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa Grounds in Madikeri on Sunday.

    Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the 28-day-long festival by hailing the concept of community sport that serves to strengthen human relationships, which had taken a back seat the world over.

    Pointing out that community hockey does not merely serve to promote ties between different Kodava families, Mr. Gowda said the sport also helps protect the community’s culture and traditions.

    The Kodavas, who had contributed to the defence of the country, had also made immense contribution to hockey.

    A large number of people, from different parts of Kodagu district, had arrived in Madikeri to watch the inaugural hockey match that was preceded by a cultural programme that included a procession showcasing Kodava traditions prominent being its agricultural practices.

    The Kodava Hockey Academy president Pandanda Kuttappa, who is also the founder of the Kodava hockey festival, signalled the start of the festival by pushing a silver ball with the silver stick.

    The annual Kodava hockey festival is being held in Madikeri after a gap of 11 years with the last one being held in 2005.

    During the 2015 edition of the hockey festival organised by Kuppanda family in Virajpet, a total of 255 teams had participated.

    The ongoing festival organised by the Shanteyanda family will continue till the finals scheduled for May 8.

    299 teams

    The festival will feature not only a record 299 teams, but also close to 5,000 players.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / Laiqh A. Khan / Mysuru, April 11th, 2016

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    Shantheyanda Cup Hockey Tournament from today

    The 20th Hockey Utsav of Kodava families — Shantheyanda Cup Hockey — would start at Field Marshal Cariappa (FMC) College Ground in the city on Sunday.

    The hockey tournament would be held at the college ground and the Police Ground till May 8.

    A gallery has been set up to accomodate 25,000 spectators at the college ground. More than 30 stalls would put up around the ground. LED screens would also be put up to help the people to watch the tournament.

    Utsav Samithi Working President Shantheyanda Veena Acchaiah said the state government has released Rs 40 lakh for the tournament.

    The estimated expenditure is around Rs 1 crore for organising the tournament. Funds would be raised from donors, she said.

    A total of 281 teams took part in the tournament when Kaliyanda Cup was organised in Napoklu.

    The tournament was started by Pandanda Kuttappa to ensure coordination among Kodava families in 1997. It aims to bring together all the Kodava families under one roof.

    The Shantheyanda Cup 2016 is expected to bring in a large number of hockey lovers (over 300,000) from across the world.

    Shanteyanda family
    Believed to be the descendant of Palegara (chieftain) with the Coorg Haleri King more than 150 years ago, the Shantheyanda family hails from Badigeri village, known as Mukkodlu now.

    The family was named after Shanthaiah, the ‘Guru Karona’ of the family. 

    It has over 150 members and the family is led by Pattedara’ Shantheyanda B Monnappa and ‘Naad Thakka’ Shantheyanda K Achaiah.

    The members of the family are well represented in the fields of sports, politics, business, education and sciences.

    Shantheyanda Veena Achaiah, the president of Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation and Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa, the former President of Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, are among the notable members of the

    Shantheyanda Cup 2016 provides a platform for all men and women hockey enthusiasts to showcase their skills.

    With the support of Hockey India and under the aegis of the Kodava Hockey Academy, the Shantheyanda family has been organising various events to train and encourage the budding athletes of the district, a source in the family said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District> Madikeri / DHNS / April 10th, 2016

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    April 9th, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports

    Madikeri :

    The traditional hockey tournament held between Kodava communities will be hosted by Shantheyanda family this year.

    The tournament, which will be held between Apr.10 and May 28, has so far registered 299 teams belonging to various Kodava families.

    The hockey namme will be held at two different grounds at Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa College in Madikeri.

    Addressing press persons on Thursday, former ZP President Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa said that this year the tournament would be hosted by Shantheyanda family and added that it was after 2005, when Biddanda family hosted the tournament, that a family from Madikeri had been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the tournament.

    Stating that around 5,000 players will participate in the tournament representing various families, he said that the permission from the College authorities had been sought to organise the tournament in their college premises.

    He added that MP Pratap Simha had released Rs. 30 lakh from his MPLAD for the event

    “A total of Rs. One crore would be spent on the tournament for which the State Government has sanctioned Rs. 40 lakh out of which Rs. 20 lakh has already been released,” he said.

    A gallery to accommodate around 25,300 spectators is ready and the organisers have installed around 26 CCTV cameras to keep a watch on anti-social elements.

    The tournament will be inaugurated tomorrow (Apr.10) by offering puja to Lord Ganapathi at Madikeri Fort premises. Later, the Kodavas will take out a traditional walk till the venue.

    The inauguration of the tournament will be held at 10 am in which Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Home Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara, MP Pratap Simha, Kodava Hockey Academy Founder President Pandanda M. Kutappa, Hockey Coorg President Pykera Kalaiah will be the chief guests. Shatheyanda Family Pattedara B. Monappa will preside.

    Kodagu In-charge Minister Dinesh Gundurao, PWD Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, MLAs Appachu Ranjan and K.G. Bopaiah, MLC Sunil Subramani, City Municipal Council President Srimati Bangera, former Ministers T. John, M.C. Nanaiah, former international hockey player Arjun Devaiah, Olympian Dr. Anjaparavanda Subbaiah, Keshava Prasad Muliya and others will be present.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / Saturday – April 09th, 2016

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    Back in the national fold for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, forward SK Uthappa hopes to make it count not only for a berth for Rio, but also to please his mother.

    Over the next 10 days, the only significant television activity at the Kushalappa household in Gonikoppal will be the telecast of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament from Ipoh, Malaysia. The younger of the two children, SK Uthappa, finally returns to the national fold after an on-off period of four years of injury and dip in form. The forward had always assured his mother, Neelamma, that he would be back. He hopes to make it with a bang.

    “That period was bad,” Uthappa said. “I was dropped because of injury and many people in Coorg would ask my mother whether I will be the same again. But my mom always supported and believed in me throughout. Still, I asked her not to share any news about me — good or bad. If I am disappointed about the bad things said about me, then I don’t want to hear to the good things either. My seniors also told me that bad press will do nothing to help me improve my game. It’s best to ignore it and concentrate on the game.”

    The Azlan Shah Cup, the premier eight-team tournament which begins on Wednesday, provides Uthappa, who was part of the 2012 Olympics team, with a fine opportunity to impress coach Roelant Oltmans and silence his critics once and for all. “Good teams play in that (tournament) and the expectations are high,” he said. “When I was picked, I was obviously happy. I knew I would get in because I was playing well. I want to focus on the task given to me and do it well. We are trying something new in this tournament after the long national camp.”

    Bangalore days

    Adversity is no strange bedfellow for Uthappa. When he was 13 years, he was admitted to the hostel at St Joseph’s Indian High School. Uthappa was immediately homesick and he cried for six months straight. “In my batch, there were two others from Coorg – Rathan and Chandappa — but hostel was bad for me,” Uthappa said. “I joined the St Joseph’s Indian High School only for hockey. Manohar Katigge, the coach there spotted me when I was playing state junior hockey in Davangere. We had defeated his team (from Bengaluru) and he wanted me here. My mother initially said no, but he kept calling for three months. Till then I was happy at home, doing nothing. But he managed to convince my mother.


    “When I came here, I was fussy even about the little things. I cried because I had to bathe in cold water and I wasn’t used to it. Then, I had to wash my own clothes. I wanted to chuck it all and go back home. It was tough, but it taught me everything. Had I gone back, who knows what I would be doing now.”

    What helped was the empathy of the school authorities. “I am thankful to Father Henry Saldanha, the principal, and hostel warden, Vincent Paul. I often got special permission and they treated me kindly. There’s a limit for the phone call I can make from the landline. Whenever I was on call, nobody else would get a chance. But the warden used to say ‘It’s okay. Let him do it’. Parent visits was also limited to once a month. But my mother, father and brother visited me almost every week. The warden and principal were patient with me. They assured me I would adjust very soon.”

    Fighting fear

    Uthappa took up hockey seriously after watching his brother play for Bangalore University. Chinnappa, who played with VR Raghunath (India drag-flicker) in the nationals, is now in the merchant navy and Uthappa, who was a ‘jack of all sports’, became an international. When he finally made his debut under coach Michael Nobbs during the India-South Africa Test series in 2012, Uthappa admitted to nervousness. “Ignace Turkey, senior player of the team, told me it was evident from my face that I was nervous,” Uthappa said. “He only asked me to play the first pass confidently. He said receive the ball neatly and roll it to the midfielder next to you. I still remember that I had passed it to the current assistant coach, Tushar Khandekar. I even managed to score on debut and received an award for it. Shivendra Singh, a forward in the team, teased me saying that he should receive half the money for providing the assist.”

    The open jeep parade back home followed. Recognition by fans and requests for selfies became a norm. A good performance for his team Sannuvanda in the Kodagu Hockey Festival even took the side to the pre-quarterfinals for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1997. But Uthappa is not content with just that. For him, a good show in Malaysia will complete his fight with himself and also see his rise as a mature player. However, the Rio Olympics isn’t his only incentive to do well. Mom too will be watching.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Sports> Others / by Aravind Suchindran, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / April 05th, 2016

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    State skipper Vinay Kumar and right-handed batsman Robin Uthappa bagged a grand double at the Karnataka State Cricket Association annual awards ceremony on Saturday.

    Uthappa won the best batsman award in Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali tournaments while Vinay picked up the best bowler’s honour in Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

    D Nischal of Jawahar Sports Club, who amassed 989 runs, was adjudged the best batsman in Group I, Division tournament for Sir Mirza Ismail Shield. Anand Doddamani of Bangalore Ocassionals, who picked up 48 wickets was named the best bowler.

    “I congratulate all the teams and award winners. It’s a good sign that we have completed all the league tournaments on time,” said KSCA Secretary Brijesh Patel, speaking on the occasion.

    The award winners:

    Ranji Trophy: Best batsman: Robin Uthappa; Best bowler: R Vinay Kumar.
    Vijay Hazare One-Day: Best batsman: Manish Pandey; Best bowler: R Vinay Kumar.
    Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Best batsman: Robin Uthappa; Best bowler: KC Cariappa.

    U-14 inter-school BT Ramaiah Shield (Division III): Best batsman: Jasper (Mallya Aditi International School). Best bowler: PM Dharshan (Sri Sai Ram Vidyamandir).

    U-14 inter-school BT Ramaiah Shield (Division II): Best batsman: P Abheek (Vidyaniketan Public School). Best bowler: S Yashas (Vidyaniketan PS).

    U-14 inter-school BT Ramaiah Shield (Division I): Best batsman: Danish Altaf (St Joseph’s Boys’ HS).

    Best bowler: Shray Singh (Delhi Public School, East).
    U-16 inter-school (Division III): Best batsman: M Danish (KV, Hebbal). Best bowler: Stany (Baldwin Boys).

    U-16 inter-school (Division II): Best batsman: Udbhav Gaurav (Jain IRS). Best bowler: Satvik Gunda (Jain IRS).

    Under-16 inter-school (Division I): Best batsman: Shubhang Hegde (Vidyaniketan School). Best bowler: Shubhang Hegde (Vidyaniketan School).
    U-14 inter-zonal: Best Batsman: Gautam Dileep. Best bowler: SM Sha
    U-16 inter-zonal: Best batsman: Aadarsh Prajwal. Best bowler: Shubhang Hegde.
    U-19 inter-zonal: Best batsman: Nikin Jose. Best bowler: G Naveen

    Under-23 inter-zonal SA Srinivasan Memorial: Best batsman: Sumanth Bharadwaj. Best bowler: Likith Bannur

    Safi Darashah: Best batsman: Abishek Reddy. Best bowler: Mitrakant Yadav
    Under-16 inter-club: Best batsman: Sai Prajwal (Jawahar SC). Best bowler: Rishi Bhansali (Jawahar SC).

    Under-19 inter-club: Best batsman: V Abhiram (Swastic Union CC-2); Best bowler: BM Shreyas (Jawahar SC).

    Under-14 inter-club: Best batsman: BN Yashwant (Swastic Union CC-2). Best bowler: Vishruth Dev (Herons CC).

    Group I, Division V for JB Mallaradhya Shield: Best batsman: Vinay (Kengeri Cricketers). Best bowler: Suhas (Engrades CC).

    Group I, Division IV for Metro Shield: Best batsman: Yere Goud (Visweswapuram CC-2). Best bowler: Pranav Bhatia (Dolphins).

    Group I, Division III for Sri Nassur Memorial Shield: Best batsman: KV Darshan (Friend XI). Best bowler: Latif Patel (City Cricketers).

    Group I, Division II: Best Batsman: B Tanu (Jayanagar Colts). Best Bowler: Vinu Prasad (Swastic Union 2).

    Group I, Division I: Best Batsman: D Nischal (Jawahar SC (1)). Best Bowler: Anand Doddamani (Bangalore Occasionals).

    YS Ramaswamy Memorial: Best Batsman: Sadiq Kirmani (Malleswaram Gymkhana). Best Bowler: B Naveen (FUCC).

    KSCA Inter-club T20 for Group I: Best Batsman: CM Gautam (Swastic Union). Best Bowler: Dikanshu Negi (Jawans CC).

    Group II, Division III: Best Batsman: Keerthi (BWSSB). Best Bowler: Kemparaju Gowda (ITI SC).

    Group II, Division II: Best Bats
    man: Nihar Shilar (BEML RC). Best Bowler: IG Anil (RBI).
    Special Tournament for Zonal Champions and top teams of Group I: Winners: Swastic Union CC (2).

    Inter-collegiate Women’s Tournament: Best Batswoman: Pooja Panchal. Best Bowler: G Divya. Winners: Jain College.

    Inter-zonal U-19 Women’s Tournament: Best Batswoman: Sanjana Batni. Best Bowler: Harshitha Jha.

    Women: U-16: Best batswoman: Vrinda Dinesh; Best bowler: Shreyanka Patil.
    U-19: Best batswoman: Shubha Satish; Best bowler: C Prathyusha.
    U-23: Best batswoman: G Divya; Best bowler: C Prathyusha.

    Senior women (one-day): Best batswoman: Karuna Jain; Best bowler: C Prathyusha.
    Senior women (T20): Best batswoman: G Divya; Best bowler: Akanksha Kohli.
    Boys: U-14: Best batsman: Prithvi Sadanand; Best bowler: M Shamanth.
    Men: U-16. (Vijay Merchant Trophy): Best batsman: Sudhanshu Sonkar; Shubhang Hegde.

    U-19 (Vinoo Mankad Trophy): Best batsman: B.R. Sharath; Best bowler: Vyshak V.
    U-19 (Cooch Behar): Best batsman: BR Sharath & Sujith Gowda; Best bowler: Likith Bannur.

    U-23 (C K Nayudu): Best batsman: D Nischal; Best bowler: Prasidh Krishna.
    U-25 (P S Ram Mohan Rao Trophy): Best batsman: K N Bharath; Best bowler: Mitrakanth Yadav.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DHNS, Bengaluru – April 03rd, 2016

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    Aiyappa has proved his mettle…


    Neravanda Chetticha Aiyappa, also known as N.C. Aiyappa, is popular among cricketers in the State. Having made his Ranji debut in 2001-02 season against Haryana, this talented cricketer became popular in every household, thanks to ‘Bigg Boss,’ the Kannada reality show which was broadcast in one of the private television channels. Aiyappa, who gained steady popularity, stayed inside the Bigg Boss House for 92 days and was considered by many to emerge victorious. Unfortunately, he had come out of the house after being eliminated on the 93rd day. ‘Star of Mysore’ caught up with N.C. Aiyappa, who is in Mysuru to participate in the ongoing V. Prabhakar Memorial T20 Tournament. Excerpts….

    by S.N. Venkatnag Sobers

    Star of Mysore (SOM): What do you have to say about Bigg Boss?

    N.C. Aiyappa (NC): It was a good experience. I received a call overnight that I have been selected to participate in the reality show. I had no idea what to do. After discussing with my mother and close friends, I gave my nod to enter the house as a contestant. It was just like entering the cricket field as a night watchman and scoring 92 runs!

    SOM: Could you share your experience inside the House?

    NC: Among the contestants, I had only met Rehman, Chandan and Pooja Gandhi prior to entering the house and the rest were totally strangers. Basically, it was a good journey during which I learnt how to live with new people.

    SOM: What is the one important thing that you have learnt in the Bigg Boss House?

    NC: As I said early, the entire 92-day was a new experience. The important thing I learnt in the house was to be self-dependent. Me being a person with a little lazy attitude, the house taught me to follow the set of rules and regulations which was framed for all the contestants, else face the consequences. The contestants were divided into three groups and each one had the work assigned to them which helps one to work in a team and build confidence. Me being a sportsperson and having experience in working with various teams, I did my work sincerely as a result of which I stayed for 92 days inside the house. A few participants were hesitant to do the task assigned to them but as the day progressed they did they jobs well.

    SOM: Did you go inside the House with a plan because everybody inside wanted to win?

    NC: It’s true that everybody went with an intention of winning the show. All 15 contestants have different strategies and you never know who is thinking what. Though I had no strategies, I was able to execute my plans through which I was able to win the confidence of my fellow contestants. I believe that one should live his normal life in such shows and not change his attitude just to win the game. The contestants should live their stardom outside the house and be one among the others inside the house. Of course, one or the other person has to get eliminated every week. There are times when a few deserving get eliminated early but it is the nature of the game and the one who wins should be considered as the deserving contestant.

    SOM: You seemed to be close to Pooja Gandhi and later turned your loyalty to Gautami, which I guess resulted in small fights inside the House. What do you have to say about it?

    NC: There was nothing like misunderstanding. Both, Pooja and Gautami have been good friends to me. We shared a good chemistry with each other. When you are inside the house you have to make friends with everyone. I was close to Anand and Chandan except for Shruthi, whom I had only seen on big screens. As far as Pooja and Gautami are concerned, I have known them much before Bigg Boss happened.

    SOM: Among the tasks in the Bigg Boss House, which was the toughest according to you?

    NC: I have done a lot of tasks inside the house. But the toughest among them was the one which I did along with Pooja Gandhi wherein we had to stand on a chair for 15 hours and it turned tougher when we were asked to kneel down on the same bench. I have to thank Pooja for lending support throughout the task. I only told her that we should win the task at any cost especially against strong contenders like Kitty and Chandan. If fact, she displayed her woman- power by lifting 92 tyres. When it comes to task, she (Pooja) is amazing apart from being a wonderful person.

    SOM: There have been talks that the entire Bigg Boss show is scripted. Is it true?

    NC: No way. We were just living a life inside the house and did the tasks that were assigned to us by Bigg Boss. Things about the show being scripted are far from truth.

    SOM: Did you think you would stay for 92 days in the House?

    NC: Never. I had thought I would stay inside the house for a maximum of two weeks and later participate in the Mangalore Premiere League. But, I stayed inside the house for a longer duration than I thought. In fact, the Mangaluru franchise owner had tried contacting me till Dec. 14 thinking that I would join the team but it was not to be.

    SOM: What are your future plans? Are you looking at a few more reality shows?

    NC: Right now I am enjoying my cricket. But, I have kept myself open for new things. Be it reality shows or movies, I am ready for it .

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / April 01st, 2016

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    Kodagu Cardamom Marketing Cooperative Association Vice President Kolumudiyana Ananta Kumar said young women should strive towards forming and strengthening their organisations.

    He was speaking at a programme organised to mark the 51st anniversary of Galibeedu Yuvaka Sangha near Madikeri on Monday.Kumar said will urge the government to release of funds for the construction of a building for the association.

    Galibeedu gram panchayat member M D Subhash Alva said youth associations should concentrate on rural development. They should conduct camps to create awareness among people on government schemes, cleanliness campaign and other activities, he added.

    Gram panchayat Vice President B M Rani Muttanna said youth associations should have their own buildings and the gram panchayat members will join their hands in this endeavour.

    Yuvaka Sangha President Ududoli S Girish, Government Primary School Headmaster Leela Shedthi, gram panchayat members A T Kumari and Jayalakshmi were present.

    Children and youth took part in the taluk-level volleyball tournament, a mini marathon and rural games held at Government Lower Primary School playground in Galibeedu.

    Results of competitions

    Mini Marathon (men): I – Kodi Jeethan, II - Kodi Deepak, III – Kombarana Gagan
    Mini Marathon (women): I – Bachana Dhanya , II – Poojashree, III – K U Mala.
    Tug of War (men): I – Galibeedu Yuvaka Mandala, II – Snehithara Yuvaka Sangha
    Tug of War (women): I – Galibeedu Friends Team, II- Galibeedu Cool Friends.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri -DHNS, March 08th, 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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