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    February 29th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Outgoing Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President T P Ramesh has said that he is happy with his work as the Parishat President as during his tenure, he has toiled considerably to develop interest in Kannada literature in Kodagu.

    Addressing media persons on the last day of his administrative term on Monday, he informed about various activities related to Kannada literature that were organised during his term as the president over last three and half years.

    “The Kannada Sahitya Parishat district unit, three taluk units and four hobli units have done their job of developing and spreading Kannada literature in the district. During my term as the President I have successfully organised four district Sahitya Sammelana, 10 taluk-level Sammelana,” he said.

    Further, he informed that when he too charge as the Parishat President, the number of Sahitya Parishat members was 127 where as now the membership has increased to 1,100. As many as 12 endowments and one education endowment fund have been instituted and seven books have been published in last three and half years.

    Explaining his achievements, the outgoing President said that the Parishat has built Sahitya Bhavan in Somwarpet, a library in the district Parishat office.

    Foundation stone has been laid for the construction of the District Sahitya Bhavan and an idea has been formulated to build a library and book shop in the Sahitya Bhavan, which will be built soon.

    For the first time in the history of the district, women litterateurs’ association has been formed and there are also plans to provide a platform for promoting children’s literature.

    Kannada Sahitya Parishat member Baby Mathew, Kodagu district Women Litterateurs Association President Kasthuri Govindamaiah and others were present.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Madikeri, February 28th, 2012 / DHNS

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    Haadi bustling with activities to make arrangements for Ranjan

    There is festive mood in Balegundi tribal haadi situated in Somwarpet taluk. MLA M P Appacchu Ranjan will visit the haadi and will stay with the tribals on Monday.

    The residents are making all preparations to welcome the MLA. Flex boards, buntings and cut outs of the MLA are seen on either sides of the road leading to the haadi.

    The MLA will inaugurate the development work in the haadi. He will also listen to the woes of the tribals.

    In fact, a bamboo hut has been created beside the house of haadi resident Bhoja for the MLA to take rest.

    The hut is four metre high. Arrangement has been made for the MLAs associates to sit. Bhoja is happy that MLA would be spending entire night in his haadi.

    “The MLA will be given traditional dinner with rice, sambhar, chutney and other delicacies. The tribals will also entertain the MLA through traditional tribal dance and ‘Kurubara Bunde’ song, kolata,” said senior member of the haadi Raju. The youth from the haadi Shivanna, Y K Lokesh, Lakshman, Naveen, Mani are joining hands with each other for making arrangement for the MLA’s stay.

    Muthamma said “our huts are on the verge of collapse. It would be good if MLA makes arrangements to get a house for each one of us. At the same time, we did not get title deeds under Forest Rights Act. The title deeds should be distributed at the earliest.”

    Raju says that there is lack of toilets in the haadi, which is causing lot of inconvenience.

    Taluk Panchayat President V K Lokesh said the MLA will lay foundation for road work, which was sanctioned recently. The road will be developed at the cost of Rs 29 lakh.
    The work on aganwadi building will also be started on Monday. Officials from the revenue, forest and health department will also accompany the MLA.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / by Srikanth Kallammanavar, Madikeri / February 26th, 2012, DHNS:

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    February 28th, 2012adminSports

    New Delhi:
    With India qualifying for the London Games after their 8-1 victory over France at the Olympic qualifiers, Hockey India (HI) today named a list of 48 probables who would be in consideration for the quadrennial event starting from 27 July.

    Chief coach Michael Nobbs and Hockey India selectors Col. Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Syed Ali alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey held a selection meeting and unanimously selected the 48 probables.

    Top-ranked team in the tournament, India completely dominated the proceedings during the nine-day event at the Dhyan Chand National stadium and the team will next attend a series of coaching camps commencing for the Men Probables at SAI Centre Bangalore from 5 March.

    In the run-up to Olympics, India will play at various tournaments overseas and has already received invitations for two four nations tournaments at Lahore, Pakistan and Santandar, Spain, besides the Olympic Test Events at London and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.

    List of probables: Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, PR Sreejesh, Naveen Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Nanak Singh. Defenders: Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath, Rupinder Singh, Manjit Kullu, Gurjinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Amit Rohidas, Rahul Shilpkar. Midfielders: Ignace Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Sardar Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh, Vikas Sharma, Gurbaj Singh, VS Vinaya, Bharat, Pardeep Mor, SK Uthappa. Forwards: Yuvraj Walmiki, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh, SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Pradhan Sommanna, Roshan Minz, Malak Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Ramandeep Singh Nithin Timmaiah, Dharamvir Singh, Mandip Antil, MB Aiyappa Gurmail Singh, Arjun Antil, Damandeep Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Ranjit Singh, Mandip Singh, MG Poonacha.


    source: http://www.FirstPost.com / Sports / February 27th, 2012

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    February 26th, 2012adminSports

    OPTIMISTIC: Gutta Jwala (left) and Ashwini Ponnappa, who will set out on a three-event sojourn in Europe, with Dronacharya awardee S.M. Arif in Hyderabad. Photo: V.V. Subrahmanyam
    Badminton’s China Wall may seem well-nigh impossible to breach. But the Indian women’s doubles players — Gutta Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa — have been chipping away at the formidable fortification.

    “Over the years, we have been getting better against the Chinese,” avers Ashwini. That may not be just a tall claim, going by a cursory look at their recent matches.

    In the Uber Cup, they lost to Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao. Before succumbing 10-21 in the decider, Jwala and Ashwini had stretched their Chinese counterparts 19-21 in the opening set. The opponents they ran close are currently World no. 2!

    Against the World no. 1 pair of Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu, the Indians acquitted themselves honourably at the Victor Korea Open, Seoul last month. If the latter lost the first set tamely at 10-21, in the second they got pretty close to equalising with 17-21.

    In the subsequent Maybank Malaysia Open, Jwala and Ashwini bowed out in the first round itself. Only that they were vanquished 13-21, 21-15, 17-21 by Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who eventually went on to claim the crown. India’s top doubles duo even wrested a set from the Danish pair, currently rated World No. 7.

    “Their game’s very strong and capable of standing up to the world’s top players too,” says their mentor, Padma Shri S.M. Arif. Quick to rationalise, he adds, “Their 2011 World championships bronze medal-win proves this.”


    Of their early exits of late, the Dronacharya awardee feels they’ve been low on luck. “Meeting top-ten pairs in the initial rounds itself, even before they are familiar with the flight of the ‘bird’ or wind draughts in the arena, are why they bow out early,” he explains.

    “Much depends on the draws they get. If they advance into the competition and get into the groove, they can beat the best,” he adds assuredly.

    Seeing falling snow flakes for the first time in Korea, Ashwini had been fascinated. The world No.19 pair has, however, to contend with not just cold climes but some hot competition too as they set out on a three-event sojourn.

    A mere two-day gap separates each tournament in their itinerary, starting with the German Open at Mulheim an der Ruhr from Tuesday, followed by the All England championships at Birmingham, the last leg taking them to Basel for the Swiss Open.


    “We’ll stick to basics, not try any extra, new stuff for the big matches. Nor will we think too much and pile on unnecessary pressure,” said seasoned campaigner Jwala, whose never-say-die attitude was evident on the eve of their departure.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Sports> Other Sports / by A. Joseph Anthony / Hyderabad, February 26th, 2012

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    Kannada cinema and Coorg are inseparable. Coorg is such a rich place for Kannada film makers and the exotic mist filled shots and hilly region, lush greenery is always available here for film makers.

    The land known for warriors, hockey is also famous for giving good talent to Kannada cinema. We have Daisy Boppana, Nidhi Subbaiah, Harshika Poonachcha and new addition is Prajwal Poovaiah.

    Although Prajwal Poovaiah was seen at ‘Cotton Pete’ muhurut she was selected

    by top director N Omprakash Rao for ‘Bheema Thiradalli’. Prajwal Poovaiah attended 40 days of shoot for her debut film.

    Before coming to cinema Prajwal Poovaiah studied in Whistling Woods International Acting School of Subhas Ghai in Mumbai.

    Prajwal Poovaiah plays the village belle in ‘Bhima Thiradalli’ while the mod role goes to Pranitha in that film. Vijay is the hero of this film.

    Offers came pouring in for Prajwal Poovaiah when she was shooting for her debut film. Producer K Manju, Yogish Hunsur and two Tamil film offers came to her.

    After completing ‘Bhima Thiradalli’ a big budget cinema of producer Anaji Nagaraj actress Prajwal Poovaiah picked Tamil films – Otthe Naneyum, Vipareethan and Viludu Maleyudum are the films she has signed as of now.

    I want to act under all major director films is the ambition of Prajwal Poovaiah.

    source: http://www.m.zimbio.com / from Cinejwala.com / February 22nd, 2012

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    February 26th, 2012adminSports

    Bangalore riding on fine century by the skipper Robin Uthappa thrashed Hyderabad by 103 runs in the K.S. Subbiah Pillai Trophy played here at the Jain Residential School Ground, on Friday.

    Uthappa who scored a 99-ball 120 which included 11 boundaries and five massive sixes helped his side to post a mammoth 343 in their stipulated 50 overs. The huge win earned them a bonus points and now have 13 points to their credit whereas Hyderabad stayed a point behind. (116b, 11×4, 2×6) went in vain. The 103-run victory gifted a bonus point and boosted Karnataka’s tally to 13 while Hyderabad stayed at 12.

    Losing the toss and put in to bat first, Bangalore openers started off on a cautious note and piled 58 runs for the first wicket. After Mayank was out for 29, it was Ganesh Satish and helped out his captain in his onslaught. It was however sad for Ganesh to miss out a century as he was out for 90.
    After Satish’s wicket the middle order came in chipped with useful cameos.

    Later, Ronit More wrecked havoc and scalped five Hyderabadi wickets to upset their run chase. Bangalore received some resistance from Ravi Teja who scored 110, but it went in vain.

    Meanwhile in other matches, Tamil Nadu defeated Kerala by 61 runs and Andhra picked up a four-wicket victory over Goa.

    The scores: Karnataka 343 for seven in 50 overs (Robin Uthappa 120, Ganesh Satish 90) bt Hyderabad 240 in 44 overs (Ravi Teja 110, B. Sandeep 38, Ronit More 5 for 31).

    Tamil Nadu 284 for eight in 50 overs (Anirudha Srikkanth 82, Arun Karthik 56, P. Prashanth 3 for 54) bt Kerala 223 in 48.3 overs (Robert Fernandez 86, V.A. Jagadesh 32, R. Jesuraj 4 for 29, C. Ganapathy 4 for 35).

    Goa 383 for seven in 50 overs (Rohit Asnodkar 139, Reagan 68,) lost to Andhra 385 for six in 48.4 overs (Y. Venugopala Rao 115 n.o., A.G. Pradeep 104, Ganesh Narvekar 4 for 56).

    source: http://www.IndianSportsNews.com / Friday, February 24th, 2012

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    February 26th, 2012adminCoffee News

    The Kitty Party Ladies
    They are women in all shapes and sizes, bumbling in post lunch, in tittering groups of 10-15. Mostly, they’ll troop in for a mocha or hot chocolate when they can combine retail therapy with a meal. Experts say safety is paramount for this category so location is
    critical: a shopping centre or high-street channel. They usually stop by for a longish stint — lunch or high-tea and are generally not seen in the CCDs but in the Costas/Big Chills. “Coffee is a lifestyle, tea is a beverage. If the boss comes home, you’ll serve him coffee, but if a neighbour drops by, you’ll give him tea,” says Harish Bijoor

    The Corporate kind

    “The café culture in India is an exploding lifestyle for the young, upwardly mobile middle-class,” says Anil Bhandari of India Coffee Board. Easily spotted with their spiky gelled hair, formal/semi-formal attire and a cappuccino by the side, they typically hold business meetings with clients or work on their laptops. “The entrepreneur, who may not have a large office, uses the coffee shop as a meeting place given the certain quality of ambience,” says Costa’s Santhosh Unni. He/she frequents a café more than a casual customer for whom coffee is an ‘impulse’ category, say experts. This lot includes insurance and sales people making client pitches, office-goers taking a break, interviewers quizzing potential candidates and, in rare cases, those networking with other customers in the café. The corporate segment is key for a brand like Costa that targets the age group of 21-28.


    Move over parks, cafes are the new couple haven. Experts say food and beverages are incidental to this category — they choose cafés for the space and privacy. Even matrimonial meets have trickled in here as cafés turn into lounges. “The key difference in India is that they take espresso with milk, and spend time with their coffee. In Italy, you enter, have an espresso shot and leave,” says Lavazza’s Attilio Capuano. “In India, people like small sizes unlike in the west,” says Mohammad Feroz of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.


    These are the offline get-togethers — hobby groups, informal clubs/associations, bloggers, Tweet-ups etc — where members opt for cafés as the preferred hangout. Meeting schedules are made on social networking sites. Brands such as Costa are looking to cash in on this trend by designing activities such as performances, book-reading sessions, exhibitions, blog sessions, debates etc. These groups typically order more finger-food and a mix of hot/cold coffees. Also, in India, it’s more about food than beverage so most cafés prefer to localise tastes.

    The Anna Wintour Latte

    These fashion-conscious/socialites appreciate coffee and are particular about having it sans milk or sugar. Knowledgeable and westernised, the well-heeled have the relevant exposure and know their espresso from their filter. Incidentally, espresso is the least drunk version in India. “Of the total consumption, 57% is instant coffee while 43% is roast and ground (filter). Instant coffee consumption in non-south is growing,” says Bhandari. Some sections of the elite have even started installing espresso machines at home.

    Coffee Snobs

    The coffee snobs may ‘pish’ at the widely available variants. Mostly educated abroad, they get their gourmet coffees from other sources. In Delhi, Devan’s Coffee and Tea has been around for the last 50 years where the owner blends and roasts 10-12 varieties. Known by word of mouth, stores like these boast of a loyal clientele. “Coffee becomes a part of culture when it turns into a habit,” says Bhandari. Typically spotted with an espresso, macchiato or risotto, these snobs, clearly, are the
    keepers of the high coffee culture.

    ‘Ek Chai Latte Lana’

    Reading their HTs and Hindus, meeting old friends for a chinwag or just stopping by after a walk, the older generation that used to earlier perhaps meet at an udipi, now walks in for their mid-morning or evening break to a coffee cafe.
    Sometimes a grandchild may accompany them for an odd treat or a math lesson. The elderly prefer a robust cup of masala tea or chai latte over coffee, says Unni, since “they don’t belong to the new coffee generation and don’t need to be snooty about their choice of

    The Intellectual/Arty Ones

    Generally found in off-beat cafes such as those in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village and book cafes like Café Turtle. These include
    writers, poets, journalists, artists, filmmakers etc… mostly seen smoking on the café’s balcony/terrace, discussing philosophy or art over a cup of cappuccino going cold. The category also includes the kurta-pajama-jhola type who prefer the simple and nostalgic hangouts such as Indian Coffee House in Delhi’s Connaught Place, Koshi’s in Bangalore etc say experts.

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    “Fifteen years ago, a 20-something didn’t have a safe place to hang out in other than a pub. Today, the ones driving this café culture are the urban people aged between 16 and 40: university crowd, young professionals and entrepreneurs. Trendy in their lifestyle, education, travel and fashion, it’s the generation that’s driving the white goods market and Indian tourism outside of the country,” says Bhandari. An iPod, chewing gum, braces, colourful slippers and choice of an unusual flavour of beverage or coffee-dessert will mark out the teenage prototype. It’s the largest target group for most cafés. “Close to 25% of CCD’s clients are less than 25 years,” says Ramki. It’s an important segment for café brands given it’s the group’s first transition to a coffee shop, which in the next ten years is set to become fairly large when they start working.

    The Expat

    Backpack on an empty chair, a book in hand, either reading or observing people while sipping an espresso or macchiato in a quiet corner. Whether it’s a tourist or a sophisticated business traveller to India, he/she will generally seek out international café brands for their caffeine fix. A sense of comfort with certain processes and hygiene being in place drive this choice say experts. “Expats who are already settled in metros and/or are familiar with the city will venture to try home-grown book cafes such as Café Turtle,” says Unni. Keshav Devan of Devan’s Coffee and Tea adds that coffee is more of a winter beverage in India unlike in the west where people consume coffee 365 days a year, every morning. “The look and feel of our stores (Costa) is more vibrant than in Europe since India is a warmer country,” explains Unni.

    source: http://www.HindustanTimes.com / Features / February 25th, 2012

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    Unlike other business administration postgraduates, these two graduates have opened a non-government organization to help the needy. They provide food, shelter and rehabilitate mentally-challenged persons and the destitute in Mysore.

    Meet 28-year-olds, B Manu and Vinod Kumar, who have rehabilitated around 109 mentally-challenged destitutes since the inception of their NGO two years ago. They aim to rehabilitate the destitute and reunite them with their family members.

    They earn by organizing rehabilitation camps for individuals, who are addicted to alcohol and drugs and use the income to help poor orphans, who are suffering from diseases. So far, this NGO has rehabilitated more than 300 people, including destitute, drug and alcohol addicts.

    Speaking to TOI Manu said, “I had been to Himalayas three years ago and I found many people who had left their families and were suffering from psychiatric problems. This inspired me to help mentally-challenged orphans. We don’t collect any donations from people but we accept even old clothes, food grains and other necessary things.”

    Presently, doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses in this center are treating 11 mentally-challenged orphans for free of cost.

    Manu and Vinod, who run the NGO-Wee Care Hospital-have formed a rescue team. Whenever the NGO gets a call from the public regarding mentally-challenged people suffering from diseases from any place of Mysore district, they visit the area and bring them to the NGO on T Narasipura road for treatment.

    Two destitutes who were rehabilitated here are now working as security guards at their place. They are getting good salary too.

    Manu was residing with his father Bal Gopal, a businessman and mother Shobanna. But for the past year, both Manu and Vinod are residing on the hospital premises to provide better service. Vinod’s parents K A Bojappa, a coffee planter and K B Kamala, are in Kodagu.

    “Nowadays people are depressed for various reasons, so we have started working from the grassroots level. We have started organizing training programmes in schools to build self-confidence among children,” says Vinod Kumar.

    Self-confidence training programmes have been organized in 33 schools. Soon similar kind of programmes will be organized in rural areas.

    source: http://www.Timesofindia.indiatimes.com / City> Mysore / Home> City> Mysore / by Pavan M V / TNN / February 25th, 2012

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    February 24th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Since last month, Surajit Pal, a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute in Chennai, has been spending one day every month teaching Bengali to children from his community. Pal’s daughter, who is in class 8, is one of the students.

    “We are trying to introduce our children to Bengali culture and literature,” says Pal. His wife and her friends are among the volunteer-teachers . The free classes began two months ago in the Bengali Association in T Nagar.

    February 21 was celebrated as ‘International Mother Language Day’ across the city, and several organisations are trying to popularise regional languages among youngsters of their communities.

    “We hope more students will join the classes. Most Bengali children in Chennai cannot read or write the language. That’s a pity because Bengali is so rich,” says Anjan Prasad Chakraborty, president of the Bengal Association.

    The Kerala government has made a concerted effort to encourage Malayalis outside Kerala to learn their mother tongue by starting the Malayalam Mission. “We have learning centres in various cities where volunteerteachers , mostly housewives, teach the language,” says M Nanda Govind, president of the Malayalam Mission in Tamil Nadu.

    With 150 centres and 2,650 students in Chennai, the Malayalam Mission will soon extend to Coimbatore , Madurai, Tirupur, and the Nilgiris. “We are overwhelmed by the response and that is why we are expanding,” says Govind.

    Other regional associations are also trying to popularise their languages, albeit with a little less success. The Punjab Association has an arrangement with the University of Madras for students to learn Punjabi. “But there aren’t many takers. It could be because Punjabi families in Chennai feel that knowing Hindi is enough,” says Ramesh Lamba, general secretary of the Punjab Association of Chennai.

    The Coorgi community may not have set up formal classes, But the community members try and get their children to imbibe the culture by speaking the language at home, says Smitha Kuttaya, who has been living in Chennai for the past 11 years. “We do not have a script, but we get our children to speak the language,” she says.

    The community that seems most worried about the younger generation’s lack of interest in the culture is the Sindhis. “Hardly any of the children want to learn to speak or write the language. They think speaking Hindi is more than enough. We don’t know how to tackle this,” says Prakash Vaswani, member of the Sindhi Hindu Mandal Association.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / City> Chennai / Home> Collections> Regional Languages / by Kamini Mehta / TNN / February 22nd, 2012

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    February 24th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Akshay Kumar and Mahesh Manjrekar are joining hands for a socially relevant film. The duo is all set to work in the remake of Marathi film Shikashanachya Aaicha Gho.

    Shikashanachya Aaicha Gho was directed by Mahesh Manjrekar himself in Marathi. It is an anti-education movie, which was recently made in Tamil and Telugu as Dhoni. The story is about an aspiring kid, who wishes to make his career as a cricketer but against his father’s wish.

    It is said that Mahesh Manjrekar’s first choice was his friend Salman Khan. But as the actor is busy with other projects, the filmmaker decided to go with Akshay Kumar. The movie is reportedly made on Akki’s home banner and Kannada actress Nidhi Subbaiah is playing one of the female leads in the movie.

    source: http://www.entertainment.oneindia.in / Entertainment> Bollywood> Gupshup / Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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