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    March 31st, 2013adminSports

    Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna — File Photo
    Indian tennis is playing out like a long-running soap opera.

    Seasons have rolled by but the central characters have remained the same and so has the plot. A power-hungry negative but central character in the form of the All India Tennis Association and a group of protagonists, who although united in the cause of the sport, have for long differed in their opinions.

    But come April 6, we could witness the end of the opera which in turn could usher a new beginning for the sport, which has a strong following in the country.

    This Saturday, the newly-formed Indian Tennis Players’ Association will hold its first Annual General Body meeting in Bengaluru, following its launch in February.

    The ITPA, by itself, is a model for sportspersons in the country who for long have been ruled by the whims and fancies of federation honchos, for most of whom players’ welfare is a very low priority.

    Although the ITPA came into existence last month, the indications to the effect have been around for a while now. Until recently, unity was never a strong point of Indian tennis. Internal bickering and ego clashes have always been a part of the sport’s culture.

    Last year, when Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna took on the men, who wield power and supposedly know what is best for the sport in the run-up to the London Olympics, a significant glimpse of unity in times of crisis proved to be shining beacon.

    The next show of strength came when 11 players made themselves unavailable for the Davis Cup tie against Korea after the AITA chose not to take up the players’ suggestions.

    The players are back in the fold, on their terms, and determined to bring about a positive change in the tennis scene in the county. But they take pains to maintain that they are not a rival body to the AITA, but a “forum for the players, by the players.”

    Speaking about the players’ unity, one of the primary factors behind the formation of the ITPA, India’s singles ace Somdev Devvaraman said, “All the players are sticking together and that’s a positive sign and it’s not going to change anytime soon. It’s very evident to all of us that we are doing what is correct and what is right for the sport in the country.

    “We are always going to support each other. It’s rare and it’s a beautiful group to be a part of,” said the undisputed leader of the young generation.

    The 28-year-old pro, who is on a comeback trail, further stated, “It’s our right to voice our opinion, India is a free country where people have always voiced their opinion if we don’t like it, we’ll say it. That’s the way I have been brought up.”

    While AITA may beg to differ, Bhupathi rightly points out that they have only the interest of sport in mind. “What we are trying to do is call for better process in tennis and make it a better sport for everyone.”

    All these players show passion and commitment on the court and it’s no surprise the same comes out when they speak of the way forward for Indian tennis.

    “The ultimate thing is a lot of players who have played in the past and most of the present players are all on the same page. One thing is for sure, all of us want the exact same thing as an outcome. We just want the best for the players and for the future of the game. I think all of us are tennis enthusiasts, and we just want the best for it,” said the strappy Somdev.

    A new beginning beckons Indian tennis, and the fact that the ushers are men and women who are passionate about the sport may well bring the bang back into Indian tennis. We will have the AGM on Saturday. Trust me, we are going to be there in full force supporting the team during the Davis Cup tie and we will be there in full force to make sure what changes we set out to do in Indian tennis happens.”

    Mahesh Bhupathi “I’m glad the ITPA is formed and I’m looking forward to the first meeting. It is great to have a platform where people who are truly connected to the sport have a chance to discuss the future and identity the best way forward for the sport.”

    Key founding members:
    Jaideep Mukerjea, Mahesh Bhupathi, Karti Chidambaram, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Enrico Piperno, Manisha Malhotra, Prahalad Srinath, Aditya Sachdeva and Mustafa Ghouse.


    Modelled around the ATP (the Association of Tennis Professionals), the ITPA, a Section 25 Company, a non-profit association, is a body floated as a platform to represent the professional interests of tennis players across the country.

    source: http://www.DeccanChronicle.com / Home> Sports> Tennis / by Manuja Veerappa / DC / March 31st, 2013

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    BambooKF30mar2013Bamboo cultivation will fetch good income for the growers, said Chief Conservator of Forest Keshavamurthy.

    Speaking at a workshop on bamboo organised by the Bamboo Society of India, Kodagu Model Forest and Forest College, he said the bamboo can be grown inside the coffee estates as well. Bamboo is used in furnitures, as a fodder for animals and in preparations of medicine. The demand for bamboo is on rise in the international market.

    He said that bamboo is grown on five lakh hectare land in the State. The demand for bamboo is 26.26 lakh tonne. Bamboo sticks are used in the preparation incense sticks. Along with growing ginger, farmers can also grow bamboo.

    Forest College dean Dr N A Prakash also spoke. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (retd) Dr K Sundar Naik also spoke. Bamboo growers Dr L C Sona, Sanjeev, Ahammed and Sandeep spoke.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Gonikoppa, DHNS / March 29th, 2013

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    Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar reviews the functioning of Cardamom Research Centre in Madikeri, Karnataka

    Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today reviewed the functioning of Cardamom Research Centre in Madikeri in Karnataka.

    Pawar, who is on a two-day tour of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-affliated institutes in Karnataka, is scheduled to return to Delhi on Saturday.

    On Sunday last, Pawar had taken ill at a public function near Sangli in Maharashtra and had to be air-lifted to Pune. “He is fine now and travelling,” a close aide of Pawar said.

    Cardamom Research Centre, Appangala, is located in Hervanadu village of Madikeri Taluk, Kodagu, Karnataka on the Madikeri- Bhagamandala Road, 8 km from Madikeri, in an area of 17.4 ha. The CRC Appangala is the only ICAR Research Centre working on cardamom, has been playing an important role in conducting research on cardamom and cardamom-based cropping systems, for increasing cardamom productivity.

    During 2012, the centre celebrated its 50th anniversary and has been working closely with many stakeholders for development of the crop.

    “I recall with nostalgia the day the centre was handed over to us in 1986 with “Queen of Spices” as the mandate crop. The release of the first IISR cardamom variety ‘Kodagu Suvasini’ in 1997 followed by ‘IISR Avinash’ and ‘IISR Vijetha’ in 2001 was a watershed in CRCs research agenda.

    Subsequent research endeavours included our commitment to deliver technologies for sustainable use and evolve varieties tolerant to pests and diseases, climate change, drought etc not only for cardamom but also for black pepper. The technology to get sustainable production of black pepper despite delayed monsoon is well-accepted and appreciated by planters of this region.

    Germplasm collection and conservation has always been our forte and the CRC now has in its fold around 436 accessions of cardamom, making it one of the largest germplasm collections in the world besides being the National Active Germplasm Site (NAGS),” M Anandaraj, Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research Said recently.

    source: http://www.Business-Standard.com / Home> Markets> Commodities> Foods & Edible Oils / Press Trust of India / New Delhi, March 29th, 2013

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    District-level youth science awards were presented to Virajpet Saint Annamma High School students K S Ajith (first) and Nelamakkada D Bopanna (second) and Gonikoppa’s Kalathmadu Lions High School student M C Manisha Utthappa (third prize) by Department of Science and Technology and Rajya Vijnana Parishat.

    The awards carry cash prize of Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 respectively and were presented by ZP CEO K B Anjanappa and Additional DC Dr N Shivshankar.

    K S Ajith has been selected to represent the district in the state level youth science competition.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri / March 27th, 2013

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    March 29th, 2013adminSports

    Robin Uthappa was today included in the Karnataka cricket squad for the knockout phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy to be held in Ranchi from March 25 to 31.

    Uthappa replaces Kaunain Abbas, who had sparkled in the University T20 Championship.

    Left-arm orthodox spinner K P Appanna and right-arm medium H S Sharath have not been considered due to injury.

    Karnataka team: R Vinay Kumar (captain), Stuart Binny (vice-captain), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, K L Rahul, Karun Nair, C M Gautam, Amit Verma, Abhimanyu Mithun, S L Akshay, Ronit More, K Gowtham, Kunal Kapoor, J Suchith.

    Support staff: J Arunkumar (Batting Coach), Mansur Ali Khan (Bowling Coach), Shravan (Physio), Vivek Ramakrishna (Trainer), Santosh (Video Analyst) and Sanjay Desai (Manager).

    source: http://www.DeccanChronicle.com / Home> Sports> Cricket / by PTI / March 22nd, 2013

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    TribalKF29mar2013Litterateur Devanoor Mahadeva said that with the dwindling of tribals population, tribals should not go for family planning.

    Speaking at Kaadina Makkala Radio habba’ programme organised in Madikeri on Wednesday, he said the tribal population is on decline owing to health complications and attack of wild animals. There is a need to check dwindling of population among the tribals.

    He called upon the tribals not to consume alcohol and become prey to the tactics of middlemen and also educate their children.

    “The urban dwellers are engaged in harming nature. However, tribals live in harmony with the nature. Hence, they are the conservers of nature. The urban population should not consider tribals as uncivilised. They are also civilised individuals. Instead of branding them as ‘forest dwellers,’ it would be better to call them as tribals,” he said.

    Madikeri AIR Deputy Director Indira Gajaraj said that tribals play a vital role in conserving nature.

    Kodagu Jilla Budakattu Krishikara Sangha President Dobi said that tribals have not learnt their culture and tradition by attending schools and colleges.

    They have learnt lessons while living amidst plants and animals.
    Kodava Sahitya Academy former president Bacharaniyanada Appanna said that Kodagu is known for its culture and tradition.

    Akashavani announcer Abdul Rasheed also spoke.

    Members of Jenukuruba, Panjari Erava, Pani Erava, Deva Soliga, Poomalekudiya, Malekudiya, Kembatti, Meda, Kapala presented cultural programmes on the occasion. Antiques were exhibited at Gandhi Maidan on the occasion.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Madikeri, DHNS / March 27th, 2013

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    MuthannaKF29mar2013Coorg Wildlife Society president Col (retd) C P Muthanna said, coffee cultivation, which is considered as the lifeline of the people of Kodagu, has not harmed the environment in any way. No restrictions should be imposed on farming practices, which are being followed for more than a century, he said.

    Speaking to presspersons here recently, he said, in the wake of opposition to Dr Madhav Gadgil committee recommendations, the Centre had constituted a committee headed by Kasturirangan. “Members of the society met Kasturirangan committee members recently and raised objections against a few recommendations made in the Madhav Gadgil report, he said.

    “We will accept a few recommendations made by Gadgil on the need for conserving rivers, flora and fauna on the Western Ghats. However, the point that horticulture crops, especially coffee, affects bio-diversity badly is unaccepted. Coffee is being grown under huge trees in Kodagu. Along with coffee, growers also plant fruit bearing trees,” Muthanna said.

    He said: “We are opposed to the recommendation on restriction on use of pesticides. Without the use of pesticides, coffee cannot be grown. There is a need to create awareness on the ill-effects of excessive use of pesticides and convince growers to go for alternative methods to save the plants. However, the recommendation that there should not be a single-crop pattern on private lands in Western Ghats region has created fear in the minds of the farmers.”

    Muthanna said, the society will welcome the recommendation to declare Kodagu as an eco-sensitive zone. Conversion of agriculture land for other use should be banned. It should clearly mention that farmland and coffee plantations should not be used for non-agriculture activities.

    “We welcome the recommendations of the committee on giving forest rights to forest dwellers as per Forest Rights Act. Instead of allowing the forest dwellers to reside inside the forest, they should be allowed to reside on the periphery of the forest. If they are allowed to reside inside the forest, the authorities will not be able to provide basic facilities to forest dwellers,” he said.

    Society vice-president B A Poonaccha, secretary Shyama Appanna and others were present.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> Dsitrict / Madikeri, DHNS / March 28th, 2013

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    March 27th, 2013adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    I love coffee and everything that goes with it. Because I seldom drink it alone, it carries a social aspect and a comfort dimension that are difficult to separate from the actual beverage itself. I do try to restrict my daily consumption to three or four cups. We all know that it isn’t healthy to drink more than that, or at least that’s what we’ve always been told.

    The Mayo Clinic now suggests 2-4 cups of brewed coffee a day is okay but more than that can cause insomnia, restlessness, stomach upset, and increased heartbeat. The Globe and Mail in September 2012, reported that people who drink 4-6 cups of coffee a day are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, benefits attributed to antioxidants. The same article also cautions that more than 2 8-oz. cups of coffee may increase the risk of miscarriage. According to an *article in the Health section, March 18th issue of Mail Online, a UK newspaper, Swedish researchers have been quoted as saying that one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure and provide a temporary boost to your brainpower; researchers at the University of Florida say that two cups could stave off Alzheimer’s and according to The International Journal of Sports Medicine, enhance exercise performance; the American medical journal Cancer states that three cups could reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer in women and, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, reduce the risk of gallstones in men; another U.S. study found that more than three cups could increase the risk of heart attack; five cups, according the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, reduce the risk of serious liver damage by three-quarters; researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit report that drinking six cups can reduce the risk of some skin cancers but according to Dr. Sarah Schenker, dietitian, can lead to dehydration. More than six cups … well, you get the idea. Simply choose the advice you like best.

    All medical research aside, I find that ordering a cup of coffee is becoming more complicated all the time. Unless your coffee shop of choice is the ubiquitous Tim Horton’s, you may find everything on the menu except a normal cup of coffee. I have a good friend that refuses to drink the specialty options. He loves his coffee straight up in a normal mug with a shot of cream. That’s it. He gets a little testy when he steps up to order and sees nothing that he recognizes. “Just a plain cup of coffee,” he laments. “Can I get that?”

    Last weekend, my friend said this to the woman behind the counter and she looked totally puzzled. I felt sad for her, guessing that no one had made such an archaic choice before and obviously her training hadn’t prepared her for this. This particular shop sold green coffee beans and home roasters so that you could not only grind your own beans at home, but roast them first. I wondered what hour these people wake up in the morning in order to brew their breakfast coffee and still arrive at work on time.

    I am of two minds on the subject though. I have to admit that I was curious about the green beans. I do love a great java and have to believe the more you know about the growing and harvesting, roasting, grinding and brewing process, the better the resulting coffee has to be and then, as if to affirm my suspicions, the carafe of that beautiful black elixir that they served was incredibly delicious!

    Things have changed since the days when my parents would drink a cup of instant coffee mid-afternoon. It seems the natural cycle prevails in this context as in everything – our inclination to wish for more choice and then when that happens, to wish for simpler times.

    source: http://www.janethepburn.com / Home> Blog> Non-Fiction / March 20th, 2013

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    March 26th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, Uncategorized

    An army open recruitment rally will be organised at Centenary Stadium, Jyothi Nagar, Chikmagalur under the aegis of Deputy Director General of Headquarters Recruiting Zone (Bangalore) and Army Recruiting office (Mangalore) from April 16 to 23.

    The rally will benefit candidates of eleven districts of Karnataka such as Uttar Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Davangere, Shimoga, Bijapur and Dharwad.

    Candidates will be tested for enrollment into the Indian Army in categories of soldier general duty, soldier clerks/store keeper, soldier technical, soldier nursing assistant and soldier tradesman.

    As the army enrollment is conducted on all India basis, all documents are required to be English. Candidates should bring all their civil education certificates in original along with two xerox copies duly attested.

    For details contact ARO Mangalore on 0824 – 2458376, according to a press release.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / DHNS / Mangalore, March 20th, 2013

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    March 25th, 2013adminSports

    Robin Uthappa was today included in the Karnataka cricket squad for the knockout phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy to be held in Ranchi from March 25 to 31.

    Uthappa replaces Kaunain Abbas, who had sparkled in the University T20 Championship.

    Left-arm orthodox spinner K P Appanna and right-arm medium H S Sharath have not been considered due to injury.

    Karnataka team: R Vinay Kumar (captain), Stuart Binny (vice-captain), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, K L Rahul, Karun Nair, C M Gautam, Amit Verma, Abhimanyu Mithun, S L Akshay, Ronit More, K Gowtham, Kunal Kapoor, J Suchith.

    Support staff: J Arunkumar (Batting Coach), Mansur Ali Khan (Bowling Coach), Shravan (Physio), Vivek Ramakrishna (Trainer), Santosh (Video Analyst) and Sanjay Desai (Manager).

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / by PTI / Bangalore, March 22nd, 2013

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