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    October 31st, 2013adminSports

    New Delhi:

    India`s new golfing sensation S Chikkarangappa, who has been in sizzling form in his rookie season, is eyeing a year-end number one rank on the PGTI tour apart from earning an Asian tour card for the next season.

    “At the beginning of the year, my target was a top 10 finish in the order of Merit. Having a good start, now I am looking at number 3 and also eyeing the Rolex ranking award also because it is just a few lakhs difference,” said Chikkarangappa, who is ranked fourth in prize money list now.

    “Next few events are also big events, I just have to pull two weeks and if I can do that I will be number one. That is what my target is,” he said.

    The 20-year-old finished inside top 10 seven times out of the 10 tournaments that he has played this year.
    Chikkarangappa said his next step is to go to the Q school to get an Asian tour card.

    “I have not played in the Asian tour event as a professional till now but I have played an European challenge tour event, Kensville in Gujarat. This year I will go to the Q-school. I wanted to play in PGTI, establish myself, get a good feedback and then move to the next level,” he said.

    “Asian tour is a different game. You have to shoot really good numbers, you have to shoot four-under everyday on an average. Even in PGTI nowadays cut is going at one-over because a lot of young guys are coming up and also looking at top 10 finish, so that they can move to the next level.”

    Born in a village in the suburb on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, Chikkarangappa had initially started as a ball boy and then worked as a caddie at `Eagleton Golf Resort` in Bangalore but his love for golf saw him rise above adversity and win medals.

    Chikkarangappa won a bronze at Asia Pacific amateur Golf championships, clinched the All India Amateur Golf Championships in 2011 and 2012, won the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championships in 2010-11. He was also the winner of the Indian Open Amateur Golf Championships in 2012 and Tamil Nadu Open Golf Championships.

    “As an amateur I did well for the country. I played for six years and won medals and really big thanks to IGU for sending us abroad and giving us exposure and it is paying off now,” he said.

    “The Indian Open was the transition period for me. After that event I didn`t play any amateur tournament. I had a great experience at KGA. I was tied sixth after three days with Shiv Kapur, Jyoti and Anirban Lahiri. I decided I have to move to the next level.

    “Since Anirban was there for me. He told me that you should not be thinking about the competition, you need to tell yourself that I need to get better everytime and keep playing and show your skill, focus and that is kind of inputs I got from him and my coach, Vijay Divecha.”

    Asked about his aspirations for the BILT Open, which started today at the Jaypee Greens golf course, Chikkarangappa said: “As an amateur I never made the cut in BILT Open. So it was in my head that when I play the event as a profession, I will get the BILT open under my belt. I kept telling myself that I have to do this,” he said.
    source: http://www.zeenewsindia.com / ZNews / Home> Sport> Golf / by PTI / Wednesday – October 23rd, 2013

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    Blending well: India Estates Blend, Tata Starbucks’ latest product for the Indian market.

    Blending well: India Estates Blend, Tata Starbucks’ latest product for the Indian market.

    Mumbai :
    Tata Starbucks has launched a coffee blend exclusively for the Indian market, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the opening of its first store in Mumbai. Called India Estates Blend, the coffee is sourced from the finest arabica beans produced at Tata Coffee’s four estates in Chickmagalur.

    Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 venture between Tata Global Beverage and US-based Starbucks Corporation, has also set up a coffee roasting and packaging plant at Kushalnagar in Karnataka’s Kodagu district with a capacity to produce 375 tonnes.

    The company chose India Estate Blend after testing various coffees across Tata’s estates in Kodagu and Chickmagalur. It will be sold at Tata Starbucks outlets for blending or consumption at home, according to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Avani Saglani Davda. “Home bean consumption is catching up and India Estates Blend has been lined up for this,” she said. To be sold in packs of 250 g, the coffee will be available with six other varieties such as Home Blend, Italian and Addis Ababa.

    It’s a long journey for the blend. The coffee beans are picked up from shady canopies in Kodagu and Chickmagalur estates and sent to Starbucks’ sourcing department in Seattle. This is the second blend brought out by the firm after the India Espresso Roast, sourced and roasted locally. The espresso is a popular product at Tata Starbucks stores across the country.

    “The Starbucks sourcing department analysed the coffees and finalised the blend. The feedback is encouraging,” said Davda. The new blend is the first step Starbucks and Tata Coffee are taking to develop and improve the profile of Indian-grown arabica coffees in the global market. India Estates Blend is a medium roast coffee with a herbal juiciness and a chocolate finish. Tata Starbucks currently operates 24 stores across Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. “We will soon open an outlet in Bangalore,” a company official said.

    (The writer visited Tata Starbucks’ Kushalnagar plant at the invitation of the joint venture firm).

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Companies / by M.R. Subramani / Mumbai – October 21st, 2013

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    Former sprinter and Clean Sports India president Ashwini Nachappa was today elected as one of the vice-presidents of Karnataka Amateur Athletics Association in the polls held at its General body Meeting here.

    Nachappa was elected as one of the four vice-presidents for a three-year term. The other three vice-presidents are Uday K Prabhu, Sunil Kumar Shety and A Munisanjeevappa.

    Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief G Parameshwara was elected unanimously as KAA President, while Chandrashekar Rai was made the Secretary. H R Udaya Kumar will be the treasurer of the association.

    Para-athlete H N Girisha, who won a silver in the London Paralympic Games last year, was also named as one of the Executive Committee members.

    The GBM, which was attended by 138 members, gave unanimous approval to the Annual Report, Accounts for 2012-13, besides also passing several amendments to the constitution of the Association.

    Welcoming Nachappa’s election as KAA vice-president, CSI Convenor B V P Rao said, “I hope other former sportspersons would emulate Nachappa and become administrators to clean up sports bodies in the country.

    “Nachappa has worked at the grassroot level as she was the head of Bangalore Urban District Association. I hope she would go ahead further and in near future would take up important positions in Athletics Federation of India,” he said.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / by Press Trust of India / Bangalore – October 26th, 2013

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    Bangalore :

    Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief G Parameshwara is set to continue as the president of the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) while former star Ashwini Nachappa has entered the fray for the post of vice-president in the elections scheduled for October 26.

    Parameshwara’s third term at the helm of KAA is almost certain as the top politician is the only one to file the nomination for the post on the last day on Monday.

    There are five candidates in the fray for the four posts for vice-president. Besides Ashiwini, a key campaigner for cleaning Indian sports, the other aspirants are Uday Prabhu, Sunil Kumar Shetty, Munisanjeevappa and Babu Kumar.

    There are three contestants for the secretary’s post vacated by long-serving official Satyanarayana, while two are in the mix for the treasurer’s post. The final list of candidates will be announced after the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday.

    The candidates: President: G Parameshwara; Vice-Presidents: Ashwini Nachappa, Uday Prabhu, Sunil Kumar Shetty, Munisanjeevappa, Babu Kumar; Secretary: RK Gopalkrishna, Chandrashekar Rai, Nataraj; Treasurer: Uday Kumar, Bhimannanavar.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> More Sports> Kaa / by Biju Babu Cyriac, TNN / October 22nd, 2013

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    The operations, which began with this historic handshake between Starbucks’ Howard Schultz and Tata group’s former chairman Ratan Tata, has only picked up steam over the last 12 months.

    It’s a year to the day that coffee-chain Starbucks decided to give India a whiff of its world-famous blends. CNBC-TV18’s Vineetha Athrey travels to Tata Starbucks’ plantation in Coorg to find out what’s cooking for year-two.

    This luscious Tata Coffee estate is where Starbucks sources its coffee beans from. And the Tatas have set up an exclusive plant here for Starbucks with an annual capacity of 375metric tons of coffee beans for the Indian operations.

    The operations, which began with this historic handshake between Starbucks’ Howard Schultz and Tata group’s former chairman Ratan Tata, has only picked up steam over the last 12 months.

    The joint venture has opened 24 outlets across Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and is now gearing up to ramp up its presence. This means newer cities with it city Bangalore becoming the next destination. Enthused by the warm welcome it has received in India; Starbucks also plans to enter other metros and tier-2 cities.

    “The corner stone of the brand is the passion and commitment with which the partners create that beautiful environment and that unparalleled Starbucks experience. We feel humbled and proud that the Indian consumer has adapted to it so well, says Avani Davda CEO, Tata Starbucks.

    Expansion, of course, means money and while the exact amount is as secret as its coffee recipes, Starbucks says it is aggressively shoring up its war-chest. Remember, in august the company got the go-ahead to infuse an additional Rs 150 crore into the operations and trebling its authorized capital of Rs 70 crore.

    Getting that long term strategy in place means a strict standardization of beverage recipes, signature coffee blends and a stronger snack portfolio, for starters. That explains why its Indian outlets boast a new blend that is not available in any of its other markets just yet. The special blend, of course, actually boils down to the beans that come from this Tata plantation in Coorg.

    Now the coffee giant is working on leveraging this further by possibly making this plant a sourcing base for its Asia operations, a move that would give it a significant competitive advantage over its competitors.

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / MoneyControl / Home> CNBC-TV18 comments / by Vineetha Athrey, Reporter, CNBC-TV18 / October 18th, 2013

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    The international band Naguale has chosen Karnataka to provide the backdrop for its music video. The band from Romania has zeroed in on Coorg and Mangalore to shoot its brand new video, which is a collaboration with Punjabi rap artiste Sukhbir.

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    “India and its colourful culture is hot on the international circuit right now. Since the song also features Sukhbir, they wanted an Indian touch to the video. I suggested that they come and shoot in Karnataka since such a varied choice of locations are available here,” says Akshat Mudbidri, who’s managing the band’s India operations.

    Naguale will begin shooting in Coorg shortly, with the coffee plantations and Coorg culture receiving prominence. “We will then proceed to Mangalore and capture its scenic beaches. Local art forms like Yakshagana and tiger dance will also feature on the video,” explains Akshat.

    Ovidiu Baciu, one of the members of the band, confirms that they have been getting glowing reviews about Karnataka and were looking to shoot amid nature and lots of culture, “So we’re here,” he says. The three member band will also have Bangalorean models grooving in the background to the song that’s titled Killa.

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    October 30th, 2013adminAbout Kodagu / Coorg

    When it was a Part C State, the government in Coorg was a mobile administration going to the people anticipating their needs

    The discourse on the imminent birth of Telangana brings back memories of the glorious career of Coorg, now Kodagu district, as India’s tiniest state. The flashback is both sad and inspiring.

    Not many are aware of the challenge the Lilliputian Part C State of Coorg had thrown to the advocates of big States by proving, beyond any doubt, that small States can thrive on their own. Every day in Coorg, the government’s dispensation was an engagement with people and was indeed a mobile administration going to the people, anticipating their needs.

    For no fault of it, Coorg was snuffed out of existence. Recommendations of the States Reorganisation (Fazl Ali) Commission led to Coorg, then known as the Switzerland of South India, merging with the Mysore state, a backyard district of the new State in 1956.

    Since then, heroic campaigns were launched by N.U. Nachappa, leader of the Codava National Council, who unsuccessfully knocked at the doors of the Union government demanding the restoration of the independent status of Coorg.

    Telangana could be a ray of hope for Nachappa and his never say die compatriots to pick up the thread and join the race.

    The movement for a unified Kannada land had stretched over nearly a century.

    A Rs. 15,000-crore plan, based on the D.M. Najundappa Committee report on regional imbalances relating to the Hyderabad Karnataka region is also on the anvil. Similarly, the Bombay Karnataka region had smouldered under incensed grouse of neglect.

    This piece does not attempt at lobbying for the rebirth of Coorg as an independent State. All that is intended is an essay in looking at things in their proper perspective. The virtues of the experience of Coorg as a civilised, modern, and democratic entity stand out in dire contrast to the sordid record of the titans of contemporary times.

    Now, the anatomy of the dwarf — the birth place of the Cauvery which sprouts in Brahmagiri in Talacauvery, Coorg, with Mercara as its capital — was a marvel of 60×40 mile geographical dimensions.

    Its population at the time was 1,30,000. It had affinities, for long, with the neighbouring Kannada land ambience. It had its own language without a script. So, Kannada was the mainstay which qualified its merger with Mysore. Before it bloomed into a Part C State alongside of Himachal and others, it had stints of royalty and direct British suzerainty.

    It was the land of coffee, accounting for almost the whole national production, orange, honey, the best specimen of teak and other woods of commercial value spanning its ever green forest wealth, fed and supported by an unfailing south-west monsoon.

    The land of Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa and General Thimmaya composed of sons of the soil, together with immigrants, Coorgs are a proud race influenced by westernisation.

    This pride built into their psyche a strong sense of identity which they were keen on protecting and it found expression in the birth of the Takkadi party.

    In the early 20th Century, the shadow of movement for unification of Karnataka had been cast on an unwilling Coorg.

    The Takkadi party with a veteran Gandhian in Pandyanda Belliappa, was a dominant political force and voice of Coorg with its anti-merger plank. It lost the first Assembly elections in 1952 to C.M. Poonacha of the Congress, equipped to shoulder the responsibility of steering the fortunes of the first Part C State.

    The Assembly had a strength of 24 members and the Cabinet consisted of just two members. While the Chief Minister was C.M. Poonacha, (who also held the finance portfolio), the other was Home Minister, Kuttur Mallappa. The head of State was the Chief Commissioner, Colonel Dayasingh Bedi. As the governor’s equivalent, Colonel Bedi was presiding over the meetings of the Cabinet.

    The new democratic dispensation was a kind of a second liberation for Coorg. All through the Poonacha regime, the relationship between the government and the people was exemplary and cordial.

    Because of its tiny size, people from the farthest tip in the South Kutta, near the Karntaka-Tamil Nadu-Kerala tri-junction, could reach the capital at midday, finish their call on the administration and go back to their home early in the evening.

    There was no corruption. Neither was there beggary and no mosquitoes and malaria, the curse of Malnad of which Coorg was part. Literacy was almost cent per cent which was far higher than the national average.

    Despite the fact that Coorgs enjoyed the licence to bear arms, surprisingly nobody talked of gun-related offences and crime.

    On the other hand, the gun was the harbinger of new life as gun shots were fired at the birth of a baby as there were gunshots to mark bereavements.

    Does one believe that weddings, though gala affairs, were a co-operative venture with the invitees contributing their share of the expenses of wed locks.

    Financial viability

    Talking about financial viability of the tiny State, agricultural income tax, covering the whole gamut of agrarian activity, including forest produce, formed the mainstay of the budget supplemented by traditional Central aid.

    (The writer is a veteran journalist.)

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by C.M. Ramachandra / October 20th, 2013

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    Olympians Shiva Thapa, KT Irfan and MR Poovamma would be running as volunteers with the visually impaired school children at the Coca-Cola Salwan Cross Country Run on November 10 at the Army Equestrian Centre here.

    Apart from running alongside visually impaired children, Shiva Thapa, Irfan and Poovamma would also promote and emphasize upon the tenets of Salwan Cross Country Run — to encourage clean and fair sports at the grassroots level.

    This year’s edition of Salwan Cross Country Run would witness participation by more than 1700 visually impaired and differently-abled schoolchildren, all of whom would be running with a volunteer to aid them during the race.

    All the three Olympians, who would be running as volunteers, are under the aegis of Anglian Medal Hunt Company, a venture that seeks to nurture talent in the arena of Olympic sports and beyond.

    From a humble beginning of 300 students running in the year 1995, the race saw participation from 48000 students from 800 schools across India along with 1800 visually impaired, 200 intellectually challenged children running in 2012.

    The participants and winners across each category underwent a dope and age verification test at the 18th edition of the Salwan Cross Country Run last year, with an objective to promote principles of fair play and protection of the athlete’s right to compete in a fair and drug free competition — an initiative that would be strictly enforced this year also.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News> by Press Trust of India / New Delhi – October 20th, 2013

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    October 30th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Popular composer Shankar Mahadevan has strengthened his ties with camp-out event Storm Music Festival, by coming on board as its ambassador. He says it was “natural” for him to associate with such an “energising” event.

    Mahadevan headlined the second edition of Storm music fest, which was held in Karnataka’s Coorg earlier this year. He mesmerised fans with a performance in collaboration with Indian Ocean.

    Apart from Mahadevan’s name and face, the festival will see his participation in identifying hidden musical gems from across the country and the world.

    “I first heard about the Storm Festival over two years back. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that India has a festival where music lovers can camp-out amidst tight security, where there’s a strong check on drug abuse and everything is organised to the T…,” Mahadev said in a statement.

    “The experience is so energising that you want to come back to the festival every year. So, it was only natural that I joined hands with a beautiful festival such as Storm, which is truly a musician’s paradise with great talent from India and across the world,” he added.

    The Storm Music Festival debuted in 2012. Its third edition will take place Jan 31, 2014 to Feb 2, 2014 at a new venue, which will be unveiled shortly.

    Storm Festival director and Liquidspace Entertainment Pvt. Ltd managing director Lavin Uthappa is happy to associate with Mahadevan, who has won four National Film Awards.

    “We’re honoured that Shankar Mahadevan felt a sense of belonging as a musician when he came to Storm earlier this year. The sense was strong enough for him to share his time and wisdom with us to make the festival larger and more vivacious in its entirety.

    “It was during Storm earlier this year, when we briefly spoke of together making the festival magnanimous and reach out to every music lover across the world,” he said.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> News-IANS / Cinema-Showbiz / by IANS / Mumbai – October 10th, 2013

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    October 30th, 2013adminCoffee News

    Chandigarh :

    As part of World Tourism Week celebrations being organised by UT administration, Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, at sector 42, organized coffee race and coffee cuisine contest.

    Illumination of prominent buildings – Open Hand Monument, Le Corbusier Centre, Museum and Art Gallery, UT Secretarial has been done. Special discounts on food/accommodation can be availed at CITCO hotels. CITCO also organized complimentary ride for around 200 physically challenged students of a local school. The students were thrilled with joy as they were taken on city tour on CITCO’s hop on and hop off Bus.

    A total of 10 teams from local hotel management colleges participated in the cuisine contest and carved out delicious coffee flavoured dishes. The first prize was bagged Sujeet Kumar Yadav and Stanzin Smislex (Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management) 2nd prize by Pallavi Kundra and Saloni Jain (Home Science College, sector-10) whereas 3rd position went to Janit Bhutani and Sukhjeet Singh Walia (CGC, landran).

    The main attraction of the evening was tour the city with a dice held with lot of enthusiasm in Sector 17 plaza. A Large ludo exhibited of sectors, tourism spots was depicted at the ground level where public participated and played with a large Ludo dice. While the game was on, The Band Kalkii enthralled the visitors and tourists with their hits.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Chandigarh> Cuisine / by Vibhor Mohan, TNN / September 30th, 2013

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