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    Panorama from reception area of Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri

    Panorama from reception area of Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri

    Forget the big cities, Stephen McClarence discovers the charm of small-town India in the Coorg district.

    You’ve almost certainly had a phone conversation – however brief – with someone in Bangalore, the boom city of South India.

    Fifteen years ago, it was a sleepy old-worldly place, green and gracious. So many people went to retire there that it was called the Pensioners’ Paradise. Now, thanks to its burgeoning call centres, it’s the most dazzlingly modern of India’s cities, full of high-rise office blocks, shopping malls, and aspirational, high-spending young people.

    The greenness is in shorter supply these days. “What used to be here?” I once asked a man showing me round a techno-park boasting IBM and Microsoft. “Nothing was here,” he said. “Only forest.”

    In just such a forest, four hours’ drive to the west, naturalist Sanjeev Kumar is taking a wry view of Bangalore’s headlong development. “When I was a boy there, we used to have to wait an hour for a bus,” he says. “Now a bus comes every five minutes, and we have to wait an hour in the traffic.”

    Kunihit Aya, grocer in Bekal

    Kunihit Aya, grocer in Bekal

    Butterflies flutter past like floating tissue paper as Sanjeev leads my wife and I on a forest walk. “Maybe we will see a Malabar whistling thrush,” he whispers. “I was once playing the flute and as soon as I stopped, it carried on with the same tune.” A bird starts singing high in a nearby tree. “No, no, that’s a barbet.”

    We’re a few miles outside the small town of Madikeri, far from the main tourist routes. Goa, to the north, is a familiar destination for Brits; so is Kerala, to the south. But Madikeri, capital of a district called Coorg, is unknown to many Indians, never mind foreigners.

    That’s likely to change. High in the hills at nearly 3,500ft, and surrounded by rubber and coffee plantations, it has a new luxury resort: Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri. More than 60 cottages and villas are dotted down a hillside, with electric buggies ferrying guests from one spectacular viewpoint to another. Vast panoramas of rainforest and misty blue mountains stretch all around.

    As a retreat, a scenic eyrie, it could hardly be bettered, but for us Madikeri itself turns out to be as great a lure. It’s a perfectly ordinary small Indian town, and that’s its charm. The wheel of life turns considerably slower than in the cities; people have time to talk to each other and to strangers; we have a delightful couple of days exploring it.

    Some 40 years ago, the great travel writer Dervla Murphy chronicled her two-month stay here in the engaging On a Shoestring to Coorg. She likened the area, once British India’s smallest province, to the Garden of Eden, a place where “a civilised harmony still exists between landscape and people.”

    She explored Madikeri’s library, where “earnest-looking young men were sitting around large tables studying fat tomes, or consulting yellowed newspaper files.” Similar young men – perhaps the originals’ grandsons – are still here, still studying and consulting. The dusty shelves behind them buckle under the weight of the fat tomes. Upstairs, string-tied bundles of monsoon-ravaged documents are stacked high, like slag heaps of bureaucracy.

    Next door, a yellow-distempered British church has become a museum. Religious sculptures from the 12th-century share space with a portrait of George V, a watchful stuffed leopard and a Victorian portable typewriter. Also a rusty trunk, labelled “Trunk”. The walls are still lined with colonial monuments: “Molly, for over 30 years the dearly loved and loyal, faithful and devoted wife and pal of Lt Col Sir Richard Burke, late Resident of Mysore”.

    We’ve caught the town’s Friday market. The streets are full of traders selling garlic, honey, trainers, chillies, wall clocks, dried fish by the barrelful, sachets of rat poison. The traders are courteous, and curious about us. Many have the characteristic caramel-coloured complexions and aquiline noses of Coorg people, said to be descended from Greeks who got lost.

    We buy coffee and aniseed from Mr Shoukath Ali’s spice stall, piled high but neat with cardamom, cinnamon, cashew nuts, cloves. “Dates from Iran,” says Mr Ali. “Figs from Afghanistan.” A tiny old man joins us, his face lined like runes: Mr Yusoof, Mr Ali’s landlord, still working at 85. He sits watching, shrewdly, and, as I take a photograph he darts forward to be in the picture, giggling.

    We need to change money. “Be seated,” says the bank clerk, and a zen-like hour of paperwork stretches ahead. Ledgers are entered, forms are filled in, and I take them to another clerk who gives me a metal token, numbered 87, to keep until the cashier calls me over.

    Raju Shah, a businessman clutching Token No 86, sighs about the laboriousness of it all, but it gives us a chance to talk. He recommends a restaurant and guides us to it. His wife, Dimple, invites us to call round.

    The whole town feels pleasantly suspended in a gentler time, nowhere more so than at the 130-year-old North Coorg Club, where retired coffee planters and army and air force officers gather in the evening to play bridge and billiards. Little seems to have changed since Indian independence in 1947, when decades of club presidents called Mr Frazer, Mr Pritchard and Mr Humphries made way for Mr Chengappa.

    Madikeri is how Bangalore used to be, we reflect as we drive to the call-centre city to catch a train north. On the way we have lunch at a pleasant roadside cafe called Prashanti. “‘Prashant’ means ‘place of peace’,” the owner explains. A Bollywood soap opera blasts at full volume from a TV in the corner. We’re suddenly back in the 21st- century.

    Getting there

    Cox & Kings (0845 154 8941, www.coxandkings.co.uk) has seven-night breaks from £1,695pp, including three nights at Vivanta by Taj, Coorg and four at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, a wonderfully relaxing garden-village resort 50 miles away in Kerala. The price includes breakfasts, private transfers and international flights with Emirates.

    Visit www.tajhotels.com for more information on the hotels.

    Stephen McClarence travelled to London (for his flight) with East Midlands Trains. 0845 712 5678, www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

    source: http://www.yorkshirepost.com / Yorkshire Post / Home> Lifestyle> Outdoors> Travel / by Stephen McClarence / April 29th, 2013

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    That Sandalwood is making its presence felt everywhere is no surprise. Day after day, our immensely talented actors continue to impress Bollywood. The latest one to join the bandwagon is actor Deepika Kamaiah who will be seen in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero. For someone whose foray into acting was purely accidental, she couldn’t have asked for a better break. “I was a bit apprehensive about acting in a Hindi film at first but everyone made me feel welcome. Shahid Kapur is such a humble guy and helped me with dialogue delivery.” She talks to us about her films, fetishes and why modelling will always hold a special place in her heart.

    A thoroughbred Coorg beauty, Deepika has grown up in namma ooru and has fond memories of her childhood. “I studied in Army School and Bishop Cotton Girls College. Modelling happened right after college and I’ve been doing it for seven years. I enjoy the adrenaline of walking on the ramp. It’s a completely different ball-game from acting though.”

    She is one of Prasad Bidapa’s muses and was noticed by film makers. She even participated in the MTV Style Awards in Mumbai and won. Her first film was Chingari opposite Darshan and the film received rave reviews. “To be honest, I didn’t plan my foray into acting. I went with the flow and wanted to experiment.” Being spontaneous has worked wonders for this pretty actress who will be seen in an instrumental role opposite Shahid Kapur in Phata Poster Nikla Hero. “I was really surprised when Rajkumar Santoshi called me. I play the role of a village belle whose presence shapes Shahid’s journey in the film.” A tad apprehensive at first, Deepika wasn’t sure what to expect when she had to begin shooting. She recalls how the entire unit was very friendly, helpful and great to get along with. Going by the ever-growing South presence in Bollywood, Deepika feels it’s helping newcomers like her overcome barriers. “Since the Southern industries produce a lot of original scripts, directors and producers are keenly watching us. It’s a great time for synergy between artistes.”

    It’s looking like a pretty busy year for her in Sandalwood too. She will be seen in Auto Raja and Neene Baari Neene. Speaking about Auto Raja that’s up for release next month, she tells us what it was like shooting with Golden Star Ganesh. “He is arguably one of the funniest actors we have. His comic timing and style of dialogue delivery is impeccable,” she says adding, “I play the role of a tough corporate woman who takes challenges head on.” She had a blast on the sets and even daringly rode an auto rickshaw! “Ganesh totally ribbed me for that but it was such a fun experience.” Her next film is Neene Baari Neene, which is based on music. “There are nine songs in this film, one of them sung by Shreya Ghosal. The movie is about the beauty of music and how it enriches our lives.”

    Does all work and no play make Deepika a dull girl? Evidently not. She loves cooking and thinks it’s a major stress buster. “I enjoy preparing biryani, pudding and desserts! I have a sweet tooth,” she adds. A self-confessed lover of shoes, she owns over 250 pairs! “I absolutely love Aldo and Zara. I also admire Rohit Bal and Sanchita Ajjampur for their work.” She was recently spotted at her friend’s wedding having a blast with close friends and she says, “My friends keep telling me I’ve no time for them ever since I became an actress! I spend as much time with them when I’m free,” she adds with a laugh. This pretty lass also loves travelling and has a soft spot for Europe. “I’m taking off to Australia on vacation after my film commitments and I can’t wait for that.”
    Here’s hoping 2013 has better things in store for her.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Entertainment> Sandalwood / by Sindhuja Balaji, DC / March 18th, 2013

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    The doping scandal in mid-2011 that wiped out India’s 4×400 women’s relay team provided a window of opportunity to the second-string and junior quarter-milers to come through. Though the Indian team comprising the next generation of runners didn’t reach anywhere near the London Olympics qualifying standards, the churning brought about by the dope-related bans resulted in the emergence of MR Poovamma, who won the women’s 400m with a personal best of 52.75 seconds at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala.

    Over the past two years the 22-year old has cut nearly two seconds off her 400m timing to emerge as a potential star. Last year, the Mangalore-based ONGC athlete clocked a personal best of 52.94s at the Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok. Though she faced little competition in the final 200 metres, Poovamma was able to prove that she was steadily improving by registering another personal best.

    “I was hoping to get closer to the World Championship qualifying mark (52.35s) but I am happy about registering a personal best,” said Poovamma, who had defended her Federation Cup title.

    N Ramesh, who coaches the women quarter-milers, marked Poovamma as a special talent. “When I started training her two years ago, her best timing was 54.34s. The rate at which she is progressing makes her a future start. I would even say that she is as talented as Ashwini Akkunji,” Ramesh said.

    Incidentally, it was Ashwini, currently undergoing a ban for steroid violation, who was one of the first to congratulate Poovamma at the finish line. Anu Mariam Jose of Kerala finished second (53.88s), followed by her statemate Anju Thomas (55.14s).

    Mayookha below-par

    ONGCs’ Mayookha Johnny started her season by claiming the long jump gold but it was courtesy a modest effort of 6.16 metres. Mayookha was participating in her first event after the London Games, and her coach Shyam Kumar said that he expected a much-improved performance at the National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships to be held in Chennai from June 4.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Indian Express / by Nihal Koshie / Patiala, Thursday – April 25th, 2013

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    April 30th, 2013adminCoffee News

    Like many industries, India’s coffee industry too is going through a tough time. There is a strong lull in the coffee business.

    Weak demand in the European market due to slowdown, attacks by pests and erratic monsoon have impacted production and exports of coffee in calendar year 2012.

    Here is a lowdown on the coffee industry and the government initiatives taken to sustain growth of the industry.


    The beverages industry is one of the highest employers in India. It provides employment to over a million workers in various segments such as plantation and other ancillary activities. It is estimated that coffee producing countries consume 30% of the world’s coffee.

    Among the coffee producing countries Brazil has the highest consumption of coffee with 1.1 million tonnes in 2010. The remaining 70% of the coffee produced is traded internationally.

    The United States is the biggest importer of coffee with an average import of 1.27 million tonne a year in the period 2006-10, followed by Germany (5,46,000 tonne) and Japan (431,000 tonne) and the United Kingdom (184,000 tonne).

    The global consumption of coffee continues to grow in the steady range of 1.5% to 2% despite the fact that green coffee prices have gone up and the increase in prices has been passed on to the consumers.

    According to an estimate, the global production of coffee is estimated at 135 million bags. Thanks to such optimistic estimates, the consumption of coffee is expected to grow especially in countries such as Brazil, Russia and China.

    Experts believe that consumption is rising not only in traditional coffee-drinking countries such as UK, Russia, India and Japan, but also in emerging new markets in Eastern Europe and China.

    It is estimated that the instant coffee sector has a bright future due to increasing preference for instant coffee among consumers. It is believed that consumers prefer instant coffee because of the sheer uncomplicated way in which the coffee is prepared.

    According to one estimate, the demand for coffee in India is expected to grow at 10.5% per annum in the 2008-13 period. This growth would be driven substantially through rising per capita income, urbane lifestyle and high appreciation among youths for the convenience of instant coffee.

    In India, there are different coffee-growing regions, which produce coffee under diverse climatic conditions. And these discrete climatic conditions suit different varieties of coffees.

    Mountainous regions (high-elevated) are typically suited for growing Arabicas of mild quality while those with warm humid conditions are best suited for Robustas.

    Nearly 3,90,000 Harvested Area (ha) is under coffee cultivation in India. Of this, 70% are small farms of less than 10 (ha). A vast majority of coffee is grown in the three southern states of Karnataka (71%), Kerala (22%) and Tamil Nadu (5%).

    According to experts, 80% of India’s Arabica coffee is grown in Karnataka at elevations of 1,000 m to 1,500 m. It can go up to 2,000 m. Robusta coffee is grown at lower elevations.

    In Karnataka, a few regions where coffee is produced include Chikmagalur, Coorg, and Mysore.

    On the domestic front, coffee consumption is expected to grow very fast over the next five years. This will be predominantly seen in the instant coffee segment. Private label coffees could see a rise through increasing modern trade.

    Rural markets and semi urban markets are expected to drive consumption. Freeze dried coffee is expected to form a new segment in the domestic market.

    Health and wellness platform being appropriated by other beverages could limit the growth in coffee consumption. New technologies in vending could also increase competition in the domestic market.

    As far as tea is concerned, climate change initiatives have opened opportunities to look at alternative fuels, such as agri briquettes instead of firewood, which is fast becoming a scarce commodity. This has led to a 60% reduction in the usage of firewood in 2010-11.

    According to an industry estimates, the global consumption of instant coffee has shown an annual average growth of about 6% in the last decade from 70,000 MT to 1,02,000 MT till the year 2009.

    Hence, going ahead, while these concerns seem to be temporary and addressable, the future of the coffee industry looks promising, given the urbanization and transition from tea-drinking to coffee-drinking among the urban youth. Though the number of tea-drinkers seems high, those of coffee-drinkers is likely to soon catch up.

    Source: Nirmal Bang’s Beyond Market

    Disclaimer: The views and investment tips expressed by investment experts/broking houses/rating agencies on moneycontrol.com are their own, and not that of the website or its management. Moneycontrol.com advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / Home> News / by Nirmal Bang’s Beyond Market / March 23rd, 2013

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    Breathtaking view of the valley below at Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg / Business Line

    Breathtaking view of the valley below at Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg / Business Line

    Nothing like a holiday in the hills to breathe in some fresh mountain air and get rid of your summer blues. And the Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, at Coorg, provides the perfect escape.

    Nestled in the Western Ghats in the south of Karnataka, close to the Kerala border, is the little mountain town of Coorg, formerly known as Kodagu. Other than being one of the main coffee plantations in south India, the hill town has been a favourite getaway thanks to its proximity to Bangalore and Mysore being one of the factors in its favour.

    Describing Coorg would be like stringing together a bunch of clichés –from ‘rolling hills and misty mountains’, a view ‘to die for’ to ‘right in the lap of nature’ – and every one of these would hold true. The little town has been a great getaway option for ages and with the Taj property opening there, it’s a new luxury option for the discerning traveller.

    Amazing view across the valley at Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg / Business Line

    Amazing view across the valley at Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg / Business Line


    The property, spread over a 180 acres, is about 4,000 feet above sea level and takes full advantage of the breathtaking views offered by its location. Three types of accommodation – the regular villas, the luxury bliss villas and the 9,000 square foot presidential villas – are on offer and each of them provide stunning views through full length French windows.

    While the luxury villas and the presidential suite come with extra perks like a heated indoor pool with skylights, a separate dining room and living area, every villa has its own fireplace. It is pointless in summer, but I am told that it gets quite cold during the rainy season and the fireplace can be lit on request then. If you have ever had visions of warming yourself in front of a cosy fireplace, the stone and cement hearth here is right out of a story book.

    The décor throughout the hotel is kept basic with dark, wood tones contrasted with white and other light earthy colours, creating a colour scheme that’s soothing and relaxing. Contrast this with the bright green from the rainforests surrounding the villas, and it is clear that the focus is completely on nature. Large clear glass windows run the length of the room, letting the amazing view take centre stage. If you’re lucky enough to get a valley view room, then you will wake up feeling like you’re (quite literally) on top of the world!

    For dining options, there are a number of restaurants to choose from. If you’re feeling all healthy, Dew, the hotel’s wellness restaurant, is a must try. Tucked into a small corner of the lobby, a floor above the spa, the restaurant has a limited menu but each of the dishes has been designed to ensure a balance between health and flavour. If you’re looking for some indulgence a visit to Nellaki – the restaurant that serves traditional Coorgi cuisine is a must. Guests can indulge in some delicious pork curry (called Pandi curry) made in the traditional style with a spicy, peppery gravy, or even try out the Kodagu-style chicken biryani, which is quite unique. Mushrooms are a staple in Coorgi cuisine and the mushroom soup, with the unusual spice and dominant pepper, is a great option for vegetarians.


    The best part of the property is probably the fact that you can never run out of things to do here. If you get bored of relaxing in your villa, there are a number of options ranging from nature walks and ziplining for the adventurous, to the well-equipped spa and pottery classes for those who want less strenuous activity.

    Early birds can set out at 6:30 am for a walk through the Nishanibetta hills, which runs through the rainforests that cover most of Coorg. Early mornings are extremely pleasant in this area, even in summers, but the heat sets in quite harshly around midday, so the best time to go exploring would be early mornings and in the evenings around four, when another session of cycling and trekking is usually organised. Another fun thing to do is to try out the zip-lining through a small section of the rainforest, for a slightly elevated view (and some cheap thrills). The nature walk is a great way to experience nature first hand, and it’s a great place to dust off that camera and try out some photography skills. However, I would also recommend leaving your camera and phone behind and just getting the feel of what it’s like to live a simpler, tech-free life. My guide pointed out some exotic flora and fauna including rudraksh trees, cardamom and coffee plants, and I even got a whiff of some wild jasmine and eucalyptus. Make sure to carry some good walking shoes though, since it is hilly terrain and walking around requires some extra care.

    For those less inclined to physical exertion – it is a holiday resort after all – there is still a lot to do. I tried my hand at pottery and while it was fun, it’s nowhere as effortless as Demi Moore made it look! Set aside some quality time to spend at the Jiva Spa, a must visit. Everything from their delicious detox tea to the jasmine-infused oil they use seemed to have an extremely relaxing effect that’s sure to stay with you throughout your stay. You can even head down to the conservatory where the friendly colonel will give you a quick lesson on the Kodava community and what makes them unique – a fascinating account for those who are curious about the history of the place. Other options include chilling at the pool with a gorgeous view of the valley, playing a game of virtual golf or trying your hand at cooking some Coorgi delicacies along with the resident chef.

    Take a walk around, indulge at the spa, try out some delicious traditional Coorgi fare, get a good look at the beauty of the rainforests and generally breathe in some of the fresh mountain air and relax in your own luxurious villa – a trip to the Taj Madikeri is the perfect getaway from the city this summer.

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Smartbuy> Luxury & Fashion / by Elizabeth Mathew elizabeth. mathew@thehindu. co. in / April 24th, 2013

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    EASY WIN: M.R. Poovamma (centre) was hardly challenged by the rest of the field as she cantered to victory in the women's 400m final on Wednesday. — Photo: Akhilesh Kumar / The Hindu

    EASY WIN: M.R. Poovamma (centre) was hardly challenged by the rest of the field as she cantered to victory in the women’s 400m final on Wednesday. — Photo: Akhilesh Kumar / The Hindu

    The quartermile continued to be the topic of discussion in Indian athletics, albeit on a positive note, as M.R. Poovamma clocked 52.75 seconds to win the gold in the 17th Federation Cup athletics championships at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here on Wednesday.

    Pleased at bettering her previous personal best of 52.94s set at the Asian Grand Prix last year, Poovamma said that she would be able to get the qualifying standard of 52.35s in the forthcoming international meets in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

    The expected competition for Poovamma from Anu Mariam Jose did not materialise. Poovamma, trained by N. Ramesh, ran her race in the second half, as she was determined to improve on her time of 53.59 that she had clocked in the domestic Grand Prix earlier this month at the same venue.

    “I expected a fight at least till 300 metres, but after 200 metres I got away,” said Poovamma who burst through in the final stretch.

    Her coach said that Poovamma was shaping very well in training and would be getting better in the next three races of the Asian Grand Prix.

    The men’s 400 metres also witnessed Arokia Rajiv asserting himself ahead of Kunhu Mohammed once again. “I had to do it. I am happy to equal my personal best,” said Rajiv who had clocked the same time in Chennai last year.

    He pulled away in the last 90 metres and hung on to the lead till the finish. He hoped that better competition would push him to an improved time soon.

    Manjeet Singh had much better competition from Sajeesh Joseph in the men’s 800 metres, but he pulled through in the last 10 metres with ease.

    Nikhil Chittarasu of Tamil Nadu attempted to better the meet record in high jump, but could not clear 2.22 metres when everyone watched with bated breath under the inadequate floodlights. He cleared 2.19 metres to take the gold, six centimetres ahead of Jithin Thomas of Kerala.

    Mayookha Johny was below par in winning the women’s long jump at 6.16m, though it had to be conceded that she was taking off, at least half a foot before the board, most of the time. She started with a 6.03 jump and ended up with 6.13.

    Unlike other athletes who were struggling to reach the World Championships qualifying marks, the Indian walkers were in a much a healthy state and thus were able to focus on the competition without much worry.

    With K.T. Irfan, Gurmeet Singh and Chandan Singh having already achieved the ‘A’ standard in 20 kilometre walk, Babu Bhai Panucha jumped into the fray by clocking 1 hour 24 minutes and 36 seconds.

    Though it was better than the ‘B’ standard, the conduct of the event did not meet the specifications to be eligible for achieving the qualifying standards. Athletics Federation of India (AFI), secretary general, C.K. Valson pointed out that the race was not done on the IAAF approved course, owing to a technical hitch.

    The Russian coach Alexander Artsybashev said that he expected to field seven walkers in the World Championships including the women’s winner Kushbir Kaur, who has already achieved the ‘B’ standard, and came pretty close to that mark again on Wednesday.

    The results: Men: 400m: 1. Arokia Rajiv 46.57; 2. Kunhu Mohammed 46.83; 3. Bibin Mathew 46.94. 800m: 1. Manjeet Singh 1:48.48; 2. Sajeesh Joseph 1:49.03; 3. Jinson Johnson 1:49.60. High jump: 1. Nikhil Chittarasu 2.19; 2. Jithin Thomas 2.13; 3. Kuwar Surajit Kumar 2.10, A. Shaiju 2.10, Silvar Star 2.10. 20km walk: 1. Babu Bhai Panucha 1:24:36; 2. Kuldeep 1:24:47; 3. Sandeep Kumar 1:26:07. Decathlon: 1. K. Dilip Kuar 6546; 2. V.V. Raneesh 6360; 3. Binoy John Mathew 6299.

    Women: 400m: 1. M.R. Poovamma 52.75; 2. Anu Mariam Jose 53.88; 3. Anju Thomas 55.14. Long jump: 1. Mayookha Johny 6.16; 2. V. Neena 5.98; 3. Kaushalya 5.95. Shot put: 1. Neha Singh 13.63; 2. Manpreet Kaur 13.36; 3. Harkirat Kaur 13.30. 20km walk: 1. Kushbir Kaur 1:38:03; 2. Rani Yadav 1:42:26; 3. Ranjana Gupta 1:44:33.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Kamesh Srinivasan / Patiala – April 25th, 2013

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    Harshika Poonacha, who is known for her bubbly girl- next-door roles, is making heads turn with her new glamourous avatar. The actress will soon be seen in a special song in ‘Case No 18/9’. With a new look and wearing a golden dress, Harshika says that she wanted to catch everyone’s attention through this song. Looks like she has done exactly that.

    Harshika says she always wanted to be part of peppy numbers. “I do have a dancing background and have also represented my college in the cultural team. But people never felt that I could carry off a peppy dance number. All I got to do were very slow romantic songs, where I walk in the front with the hero following me,” she laughs.

    And then Harshika took matters into her own hands, went through a rigorous exercise regime and shed all the baby fat. “That’s when I got the opportunity to do a ‘special number’ in Mahesh’s ‘Case No 18/9’. Since I have worked with him in ‘Murli Meets Meera’, I was willing to be a part of it. I loved every minute of it as I got to finally dance,” she adds.

    Harshika says that the song is nothing more than a special number. “This is not an item number as it doesn’t really talk about the woman. It’s more of a club song, where everyone is partying. It’s a very glamourous song and the best part is that it’s not vulgar in anyway,” she adds.

    The reaction she got after the shot was something Harshika can’t get over. “The minute I came out for the shot, I could see many dropped jaws and people actually asked me ‘is that really you?’ I loved the reaction because I really wanted to raise eyebrows and I think I achieved it,” she says.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / by Megha Shenoy, DHNS / March 23rd, 2013

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    Bangalore :

    Quarter-miler MR Poovamma and triple jumper Arpinder Singh were adjudged as the ‘Best Athletes’ as Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) retained the overall trophy in the 17th Federation Cup senior athletics that concluded at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala on Friday.

    ONGC finished with a tally of 177 points followed by Kerala (113) and Tamil Nadu (78) who finished second and third respectively.

    Results: Men: 200m: 1. M Manikanand Raj (AP, 21.41s), Rahul G Pillai (Ker, 21.61), 3. Ritesh Anand (Jha, 21.63). 1500m: 1. Ranjan Kariyappa (Kar, 3:48.26s), 2. Sandeep (Har, 3:48.51), 3. Pranjal Gogoi (Asm, 3:48.72). 5,000m: 1. OP Jaisha (Pun, 16:39.43s), 2. Lalita Babar (Mah, 17:22.78), 3. Swati Gadhave (Mah, 17:34.99). 10,000m: 1. Suresh Kumar (ONGC, 29:40.61s), 2. Arjun Pradhan (Utk, 30:06.70), 3. Md Yunus (Mah, 30:12.92). 4x400mR: 1. Tamil Nadu (3:12.53s), 2. Air Force (3:13.32), 3. ONGC (3:14.07) Women: 200m: 1. Asha Roy (Ben, 23.70), 2. Srabani Nanda (Odi, 23.96), 3. Dutee Chand (ONGC, 24.14). 800m: 1. Sinimole Paulose (2:08.04s), 2. Sushma Devi (Har, 2:08.23), 3. Gomathi (TN, 2:10.20). 100mH: 1. Hemashree (TN, 14.37s), 2. Sajitha KV (Ker, 14.40), 3. Sumandeep Kaur (Pun, 14.49). Triple jump: 1. Mayookha Johny (13.46m), 2. Mereena Joseph (Ker, 13.12), 3. Amitha Baby (Ker, 12.96). Heptatholon: 1. Susmita Singha Roy (Ben, 5080 pts), 2. Navpreet Kaur (Pun, 4935), 3. Niksy Joseph (Cht, 4913). 4x400m R: 1. ONGC (3:44.43s), 2. Kerala (3:44.71), 3. Punjab (4:07.51).

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> More Sports / TNN / April 27th, 2013

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    April 28th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, Uncategorized

    The Postmaster General South Karnataka Region, Bangalore, will hold a Dak Adalat on postal complaints at 3 pm on Thursday.

    The adalat will hear grievances from Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Hassan, Kolar, Kodagu, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Nanjangud, Puttur, Shimoga, Tumkur and Udupi postal divisions.

    It will be held at the conference hall of the office of the post master general, south Karnataka region, II Floor, GPO building, Bangalore.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Bangalore / April 17th, 2013

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    April 28th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The shooting of the upcoming movie Janma Nakshatra, is progressing at brisk pace in Virajpet of Madikeri district. The movie has Nagakiran, Dishapooviah and Roopashree in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Dayakar and Arjun Janya is the music director of the film.


    Nagakiran, who recently changed his name from Nagakiran to Nagarjun, on the suggestion of numerologists is playing the role of forest range officer for the first time in this movie. The film has horror and love elements, but promises to be a commercial entertainer.

    Nagakiran will also be seen in an action movie MD, directed by Adath, who has directed the movie Ale. The movie is said to be about brothers who fight for their own cause. The actor will be addressed as Nagarjun from the movie MD.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Entertainment> Regional> Kannada / by Vinay Lokesh, TNN / April 26th, 2013

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