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    December 31st, 2015adminCoffee News, Coffee, Kodagu (Coorg)


    Whether sipped early morning to get you out of bed or downing a cup with a late-night dessert, you’ll have to agree that there isn’t a more universally loved hot beverage than coffee. Taste is a personal thing, so it’s never right or wrong. But the perfect cup is all about choosing the right beans. I found an exciting new variety that you might have not discovered yet.

    The coffee bean has an adventurous life. They are actually seeds enclosed in a red berry. These are extracted and roasted that lends the incredible taste and aroma. When left in their raw form, they are used to produce green coffee. These seeds are not roasted; instead they’re soaked and then concentrated in an extract. “As natural is the flavour of the season, green coffee gets its share of limelight but in some cases roasting brings out certain oils within the bean, which enhances the nutrient profile. In its pure form, green coffee has a low caffeine content which makes it healthier,” says Mr. Radhakrishnan, Coffee planter and Coffee powder manufacturer, Aromas of Coorg, Bangalore. It’s true. This masterpiece in your mug can do more than making an optimist out of you.


    Why green is good

    Green bean coffee extract became popular in 2012 after it was mentioned in the Dr. Oz show as a ‘magic weight- loss cure’. When roasted, coffee beans undergo numerous chemical changes. Their antioxidant levels increase, but the powers of a natural substance called chlorogenic acid decrease. This chemical is known to affect post-meal blood sugar levels, boost your metabolism, curb carb absorption and block fat accumulation – all of which aid weight loss. The chlorogenic acid content is higher when coffee beans are in their pure, natural form.

    For some, drinking brewed green coffee may not be pleasant as it is slightly bitter than your regular, roasted coffee and therefore the extract is often used to make supplements. While pills and powders have never convinced me, the jury is still out.

    “Green coffee might have a hand in slowing the rate of glucose release in our blood. If they are consumed before your meal, the chlorogenic acid reacts with the food and controls the amount of glucose we synthesize. This way it builds your metabolism that can lead to weight loss when coupled with a balanced diet and adequate physical activity. Everything is best when taken in its fresh and whole form as the synergy between various compounds present in the food makes it the most effective,” says Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Dietician at Fortis-Escorts Hospital in New Delhi.

    Don’t confine yourself to the hot fix. “Apart from the fact that there are claims that green coffee helps in weight loss, the simple fresh flavour of the brew can itself be quite refreshing. A good way to enjoy the young flavour of the green bean extract is to make a version of a virgin mojito out of it. Crushed ice, juice from half a lime, sprigs of fresh mint, cane or palm sugar, and some of the green coffee extract – all roughly muddled together can be an excellent day time drink,” suggests food writer and enthusiast, Priyadarshini Nandy.

    She adds, “And for gym rats, a fresh smoothie to start your day is always a good idea. To make it vegan use something like almond milk, add brewed green coffee, a banana, some dates, maybe even a bit unsweetened cocoa powder, a few ice cubes and blend it on high speed. It can give your system a happy boost of energy after a workout.”

    source: http://www.food.ndtv.com / NDTV Food / Home> Opinion / by Sivaganga Vasudeva, NDTV / December 30th, 2015

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    Madikeri :

    BJP candidate M.P. Sunil Subramani was declared winner after the counting of votes held this morning for the recently held Legislative Council Polls from Kodagu constituency.

    The counting of votes was held at St. Joseph’s School premises under tight security provided by the District Police. Out of the 1,405 votes polled, 66 were rejected by the officials.

    Among the 1,339 considered for counting, BJP’s M.P. Sunil Subramani polled a total of 683 votes while his nearest rival H.S. Chandramouli of Congress polled a total of 627 votes. JD(S) candidate Sanketh Poovaiah managed to get a mere 29 votes. The other two independent candidates C. Nagaveni and S.P. Mahadevappa failed to get even a single vote.

    Following the declaration of the result, MP Pratap Simha, MLAs K.G. Bopaiah and Appachu Ranjan, Kodagu District BJP President Suja Kushalappa and other leaders congratulated Sunil Subramani.

    The winning candidate was also handed over the declaration certificate from Kodagu Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mir Anees Ahmed, who was also the District Election Officer.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / December 30th, 2015

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    Nidhi Subaiah is somebody who found her acting dream in Sandalwood. But she was wise enough to know that dreams do not last forever; they are always followed by another. And she followed her dream to reach Bollywood having made a debut in Oh My God as a TV reporter. But she seems to be dreaming on, not clinging on to just one. She is back in Sandalwood for Nanna Ninna Prem Kahani directed by Shivu Jamkandi, in which she is paired opposite Vijay Raghavendra.


    And she will not just be acting, but will also be singing in the film “I have always been a singer, but never got an opportunity. So, when the director told me about it, I was more than eager,” said the actress who was in Bengaluru to complete her first schedule.

    According to her, it was a last minute decision, recording for which took place on Monday. “It is a melodious romantic song. I had once sang for musician Mano Moorthy when we were associated for Pancharangi, but then it was just for fun and to know how a recording studio works. But this one was done on a serious note,” she pointed out.

    Speaking about her Bollywood experience, Nidhi asserted that she was glad to have been able to make a name in the industry without any godfather. “I have three releases in 2016. The year will start with the release of Direct Ishq in February, followed by Love Shagun on February 29. I have also signed another film titled Saarathi. I can’t say much about the film, which is an offbeat project. It is in the dubbing stages and they plan to come out in April or May,” she said and it was hinted that she had to put on weight for the particular project.

    After being part of film like Pancharangi, Krishnan Marriage Story and Anna Bond, Nidhi took time to get back to Sandalwood and she reasoned it out by stating that she was being choosy. “I did get offers in Kannada but I became selective. I didn’t want to take up everything that came my way. I was not out of touch because I used to listen to scripts sitting in Mumbai in between my busy shooting schedule for my Bollywood films. Luckily, every thing fell in place with Nanna Ninna Prem Kahani,” she explained.

    The actress has gone back to Mumbai and will be in Belgaum from January 3 for the next schedule of the Kannada film.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Entertainment> Kannada / by A Sharadhaa / December 30th, 2015

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    Kolkata :

    It was the last action of the day. S Chikkarangappa had to make a putt for par on the final hole to clinch the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, the season-ending PGTI event, at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club here on Sunday. The Bengaluru lad held his nerve to seal the title with a three-under 69.

    His four-day total of 12-under 276 helped him to edge out overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa and Khalin Joshi by one stroke. The winner’s cheque of Rs 22.5 lakh also helped Chikkarangappa to top the PGTI Order of Merit list after finishing second in the last two seasons. He featured in seven PGTI meets this year, winning three, finishing runner-up in one and securing top-10 finishes in all.

    Randhawa, who was in the lead on the first three days, could only manage one-over 73 in the final round and finished tied-second with Joshi, who shot even-par 72 on Sunday. Local pro SSP Chawrasia made a late surge with four-under 68 to finish fourth -two shots behind Chikkarangappa. Another local pro – Rahil Gangjee – was placed fifth with a four-day aggregate of seven-under 281.

    Chikka mixed five birdies with two bogeys on Sunday. A birdie on the 17th proved to be crucial, giving him a one-shot lead going into the final hole. And, with all three playing making par on the final hole, Chikka had the last laugh.

    “The birdie on the 17th was the winning one. That gave me the lead as well as the confidence before the final hole. I am really happy and emotional. It means a lot to me and it’s good way to end the year,” said Chikka, who had a new caddie for this meet. Narsimha, who used to caddy for Anirban Lahiri, proved to be lucky for Chikka too.

    Mentored by Rahul Dravid, Chikka also looks up to Lahiri for guidance. He plans to discuss about the new season with coach Vijay Divecha before leaving for the qualifying school.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Golf / by Abhishek Ganguly, TNN / December 28th, 2015

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    December 28th, 2015adminLeaders

    Madikeri/Chikkamagaluru :

    A total of 1,409 voters, including 737 female voters, will decide the fate of five candidates who are contesting the Legislative Council elections from Kodagu local authorities constituency on Sunday.

    The candidates are H S Chandramouli (Cong), Sunil Subramani (BJP), Sankesh Poovaiah (JDS), S P Mahadevappa (Ind) and Nagaveni (Ind). They have been engaged in wooing the voters for the last one month. The polling will be held between 8 am and 4 pm. The counting will be held at St Joseph School in Madikeri on December 30. All the gram panchayat members, taluk panchayat members, Zilla Panchayat members, municipality members, town panchayat members, MLC, MLAs and MP are eligible to exercise their franchise.

    The voters have to cast their votes on ballot paper in preferential order as 1, 2, 3…. The pen given at the polling booth should be used for marking the votes on the ballot paper. The voters have to produce voters ID or any other identity card as per the guidelines of the Election Commission.
    Kodagu district has 108 polling booths, of which 19 have been declared hyper-sensitive, 33 sensitive and 50 general booths. The district has six booths in Maoist-infested areas.

    Also, the Madikeri City Municipal Council polling booth has the highest of 74 voters (including MP, MLAs, ZP members, CMC members and taluk panchayat members). The lowest of voters – just five – are at Garvale Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet.

    The Gram Panchayat members of Ponnampet and Taluk Panchayat members of Virajpet will exercise their franchise at the Ponnampet Taluk Panchayat office,.

    The polling process from 79 booths will be live through internet—(http://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/webstream_pc_wise.aspx#). The use of mobile phones, camera and any other electronic items inside the booth is banned. Any irregularities or illegal activities during the voting process can be brought to the notice of the election observer at 9535633148, district election officer at 9482628409/08272-225500 or control room 08272-221077.

    The mustering was held at St Joseph School on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer Meer Anees Ahmmed, Additional Deputy Commissioner M Sathish Kumar and others visited the mustering centre. Elaborate security arrangement has been made for the peaceful polling. Three DySPs, seven CPIs, 33 PSIs and ASIs, 127 head constables and 151 police personnel have been deployed.

    With the Council election slated for Sunday, the Congress, the BJP and the JD(S) has completed two rounds of campaign in the district. The campaign for the election ended on Friday.

    There are four candidates in fray in the district. The district has 2,547 voters. There are 2,216 gram panchayat members in 215 gram panchayats. There are 108 taluk panchayat members, 59 town panchayat members and 43 CMC members.
    DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District> DHNS / Madikeri-Chikkamagaluru / December 27th, 2015

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    Thanks to her year-long battle, a 150-year-old law that denied them inheritance rights got repealed.


    On December 2, the state government issued a notification repealing a 150-year-old law – part of the Indian Succession Act – which denied Christian women in these two districts neighbouring Bengaluru right to inheritance. In fact, the Act underwent an amendment in 1925, but this regressive section remained.

    The topic came up in the Pinto household when her father MF Pinto, a coffee planter in Siddapura near Madikeri, had last year expressed his intent to divide his plantation equally among his four sons and Arlene. The sons apparently pointed to the 1865 Act which denies daughters a share in property.

    Arlene Pinto, a resident of Vittal Mallya Road, was shocked that a section denying inheritance rights to Christian women existed even now. Her father, as progressive as they come, did not want Arlene to suffer any injustice because of an archaic law and encouraged her to get the law changed, though he had predicted that it could take nothing less than 20 years to see it through. And when senior Pinto and his wife are holidaying abroad, his soothsaying fortunately turned wrong.

    To everyone’s surprise, the logical end came within a year. “My father pushed me to write to the government about this archaic law. Since my family knew (Rajya Sabha MP) Rajeev Chandrashekar, I wrote to him on how this law is unfair to daughters of the community from Kodagu and Mysore regions while all communities have equal property rights,” recalls Arlene.

    Following her petition, Rajeev Chandrashekar wrote to DV Sadananda Gowda, soon after the latter had taken charge of law ministry at the Centre in a November 2014 cabinet reshuffle; within two months, Gowda replied, “The matter has been examined and noted that Section 332 of the Indian Succession Act 1865 empowers the Governor General to exempt any race, sect or tribe from the operation of the Act.
    The notification exemption the native Christians of Mysore and Kodagu is still in force as it is not expressly repealed. The state government may, by a notification, revoke any such order but it shall not have retrospective effect.”

    Forwarding union law minister’s response, Chandrashekar subsequently wrote to the state government. The Karnataka State Law Commission acted on the representation and recommended that the “notifications by virtue of which all native Christians, in the territory of Mysore and in the Province of Coorg, were exempted from the peration of The Indian Succession Act, 1865, be revoked by Government of Karnataka by exercising the power conferred under the Indian Succession Act, 1925.”

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Cover Story / by Kushala S, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / December 25th, 2015

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    Kolkata :

    Indian tennis ace Leander Paes on Wednesday said if he partners Rohan Bopanna in the men’s doubles event in the Rio Olympics next year, they will have the best chance of grabbing a medal. “Pretty obvious in the men’s doubles that Rohan and myself have the best chance of going out there and winning the medal. Rohan has been playing some wonderful tennis, he has been playing with (Florin) Mergea and has done well. With Rohan and myself playing doubles for India, I think we have a great chance of grabbing a medal,” Paes told reporters here where he had come as IDBI’s Kolkata Marathon’s ‘Face of the Event’. “I had wanted to play with him in London. In the grass courts it was a great platform for us to do well.” Four years back in London, Paes had to partner Vishnu Vardhan and they lost in the second round. He then combined with Sania Mirza but bowed out to the eventual mixed doubles champions Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

    The 42-year-old believes based on current performance he and Mirza should be sent to represent the country in the mixed doubles event. “With Sania Mirza, I played at London, we lost to the eventual champions, Azarenka, Mirnyi. We had a great chance in that game too. We have both had good seasons, so on merit it is an obvious choice to let me and Sania go. But after what happened in London I don’t think anything can be taken for granted,” he said pointing to the fact that he was paired with Vardhan who during the London Olympics was ranked 209. Both Mahesh Bhupathi and Bopanna refused to play doubles with Paes, after which the national tennis federation persuaded Sania Mirza to play with the veteran Kolkatan. And Paes paired up with lowly ranked Vardhan.

    The nine-time mixed doubles Grand Slam winner said he is focussing on the event more as he has been successful in it in the last few years. “For Rio I have focussed a lot on mixed doubles, I have been focussed on the Grand Slams as mixed doubles is only played in four Grand Slams. And having a wonderful partner in Martina Hingis has allowed me to do that. Winning three of the four Grand Slams leading into the Olympics, it’s pretty obvious where my focus is,” he said. “Having got the medal in singles already in the Olympics to do it in the doubles and mixed doubles is something I am focussing on.” The tennis star added that he is looking forward to playing alongside Bopanna and Sania if he gets the opportunity and that representing the country and getting a medal is the foremost thing on his mind.

    “Let’s see how the next six months turn up. I hope another London does not happen. But representing the country is the foremost thing in mind. And I think the best team should go and represent the country and it should be done on merit. I am looking forward to playing with Sania and Rohan if I get the opportunity.”

    source: http://www.freepressjournal.in / The Free Press Journal / Home> Sports / by FPJ Bureau / December 24th, 2015

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    December 25th, 2015adminEducation, Science & Technology

    The Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat has arranged an interaction of students from different schools in Kalaburagi district on Thursday with budding scientistsfrom different parts of the State who have qualified for the 23rd National Children’s Science Congress to be held in Chandigarh University at Mohali from December 27.

    26 of them will participate in the interaction.

    The following have qualified to participate in the national science congress:

    Junior (Urban):

    S.M. Vismaya (Davanagere), Prema Golasangi (Bagalkote), M.J. Akshay (Madikeri), D. Sankalpa (Bidar), Shrivalli A. Kulkarni (Bengaluru), Sahana (Chamarajanagar);

    Junior (Rural):

    Bharathikumar Patil (Davanagere), Nandita Gulbal (Bagalkote), Avanthi (Dakshina Kannada), Dixa Nayak (Uttara Kannada), T. Akash (Bidar), B.P. Tanushri (Tumakuru);

    Senior (Urban):

    Poornima M. Patil (Vijayapura), Vineeth (Kalaburagi), Sangamesh Sanromath (Uttara Kannada), Harishgowda (Madikeri), Mushrifa (Madikeri), Ibrahim (Kalaburagi), K.T. Gopika (Kolar), Sahana Patil (Dakshina Kannada), Kaya Bharadwaj (Tumakuru);

    Senior (Rural):

    Devaki (Kalaburagi), Beerappa Sheeparmatt (Bagalkote), K.S. Ruthu (Dakshina Kannada), B. Vidya (Tumakuru), Shashank Amblimath (Belagavi), Inchara (Dakshina Kannada), Vaibhavi Tikotkar (Vijayapura), K.V. Ramya (Davanagere), and Nagaratna Shikolli (Belagavi).

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by T.V. Sivanandan / Kalaburagi – December 24th, 2016

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