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    June 30th, 2017adminAgriculture, Business & Economy

    Decline in rainfall forces govt to extend scheme to Malnad.

    The Krishi Bhagya scheme, introduced by the state government to help farmers, has been extended to Malnad, hilly areas and coastal districts.

    Accordingly, the scheme will be introduced in Kodagu in the current year. The scheme was implemented in 2014-15 to help farmers cultivate dry land, mainly due to vagaries of monsoon and was restricted to 23 districts and 107 taluks.

    The farming activities in district, however, had taken a set back the last few years with deficit rain. There has been decline in rainfall over the years in Kushalnagar, Somwa­rpet, Shanthalli, Shanivarasanthe and Kodlipete region.

    “Although the district has the Harangi reservoir, it has covered only 2,000 hectare farm land. About 400 hectare land was irrigated through the Chiklihole dam. The government introduced the scheme aimed at harvesting rainwater to protect crop during a crucial time through farm ponds. It also supports horticulture crops, mixed cropping and dairy farming” Agriculture Department joint director K Ramappa told DH.

    “Financial assistance will be provided for digging farm ponds, subsidy for diesel or solar pump sets. In the scheme, around 90% subsidy was given to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes beneficiaries and 80% to the general category beneficiaries, 50% subsidy for a polyhouse,” he added.

    “The application forms are available at the offices of the joint director and the assistant agriculture officer and the Raitha Samparka Kendra. The target in the district is to dig 300 farm ponds,” said Ramappa.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / by Aditya K A / DH News Service / Madikeri – June 21st, 2017

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    Rakshit Shetty and Rashmika Mandanna’s engagement will be an Indo-Western affair.

    Photobook: These photos of Rakshit Shetty and Rashmika Mandanna are highest degree of cuteness

    Photobook: These photos of Rakshit Shetty and Rashmika Mandanna are highest degree of cuteness

    Rashmika Mandanna and Rakshit Shetty, the resident It couple of Kannada cinema, will be getting engaged in a few days from now.

    And, needless to say, this has created quite a buzz amongst their die-hard fans. During a recent interaction with a leading daily, the lovebirds opened up about their plans for the D-day.

    Rakshit said that his entire family will be heading to Coorg a day before their engagement. In Coorg, they will relax and catch up with each other.

    “We don’t get to go to Coorg often, so this will be the perfect time to relax and chill with the family. Resorts and hotels have already been booked for everyone, so the revelry will begin on July 2 itself,” he added.

    Echoing similar sentiments, his mother added that the Shetty family plans to give Rashmika countless gifts on the day of the engagement.

    Similarly, Rashmika’s family too is quite excited about the engagement. In fact, the actress’ parents have already asked a gourmet expert to ensure that the best Coorg and costal specialities are served at the engagement. Moreover, a designer cake has been ordered for the ceremony. Interestingly, a team of six photographers from Coorg will be attending this Indo-Western themed function and capturing the couple’s special moments.

    “It is indeed a red letter day of our life and we are determined to leave no stone unturned to preserve those memories,” Rashmika added.

    Well, it goes without saying that this a happy time for this couple. We wish them the best for the future.

    source: http://www.regional.pinkvilla.com / Pinkvilla.com / Home> Kannada> News / by Roktim Rajpal / June 28th, 2017

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    For putting India on the squash map and winning multiple tournaments to secure the world number 10 rank in 2016.


    At eight, when most girls are busy playing hopscotch on school playgrounds, Joshna Chinappa was busy making frequent trips to the Madras Cricket Club and debating which sport — badminton or tennis — she would like to pursue professionally. While good at both, her family background (her father Anjan Chinappa and great-granduncle Field Marshall KM Cariappa were both squash players) saw her gravitate towards the lesser-known sport of squash. Her standout moment came in the 2014 Commonwealth Games doubles event, when she along with partner Dipika Pallikal Karthik became the first Indian players to win a gold medal; and her stellar performances saw her seize her career-highest World No. 10 rank in 2016.

    The initial challenges
    Squash wasn’t well known when I started playing, and getting financial assistance and sponsorships were tough. My parents could only afford to send me for a couple of tournaments a year and I had no choice but to travel alone from the age of 10, as it was expensive to have someone accompany me on each trip.

    Training routine
    I play about 15 tournaments a year. I love training, so preparing for an event really charges me up. Training each day lasts for about five hours. I work with my fitness trainer on my strength and conditioning and with my squash coach on court. I also do a lot of weight training, and agility and sprint sessions.

    On injuries
    They are always hard for athletes to deal with because sport is our livelihood and passion and to not be able to do something you love is heart-breaking. On the bright side, an injury can help put things into perspective…it can make you much stronger, both mentally and physically.

    On women in sports
    I feel it’s the women today who are really putting sports on the radar. We have so many achievers — strong, powerful women who have come from such diverse fields and backgrounds showing us how, with a little support, wonders can be achieved. It’s so great to see them work hard and win despite the tough circumstances they face. I’m sure that if they receive the support they truly deserve, the sky is the limit!

    source: http://www.vervemagazine.in / Verve / Home> Verve People / Text by Tina Dastur , Photography by Prateek Patel / June 08th, 2017

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    Madikeri :

    Jubilant Congress supporters celebrated the loan waiver scheme announced by CM Siddaramaiah to distressed farmers in the city.

    Napoklu block congress President B S Ramanath led the procession with former President Naramonda Umesh, state forest development board vice President Padmini Ponappa also attended.

    Chanting pro-government slogans, the procession passed through private bus stand and through main roads of the city. Sweets also distributed to public.

    By waiving farmer’s loans the Congress government shows that its policies are pro farmer and urged Central Government to step in to waive loans from nationalised bank, as the UPA government done during former PM Manmohan tenure.

    Speaking to reporters, district congress labour union president V P Shashidar said, by announcing farmer loan waiver up to 50,000 rupees, the state government came to the rescue of poor farmers who are debt ridden.

    Former district president KK Manjunath while speaking on the occasion said, the Congress government policies are always pro poor and farmer loan waiver is an another bold step, opined the leader.


    source: http://www.citytoday.news / CityToday / Home> Headlines> Prime News – Karnataka / by CT Bureau / Madikeri – June 28th, 2017

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    Sunil lined up against Pakistan despite being informed of the loss of a family member minutes before the encounter.

    SV Sunil has had to endure another personal loss

    SV Sunil has had to endure another personal loss

    What’s the story?

    India created history by recording their biggest-ever win against Pakistan (7-1) at the ongoing Hockey World League semifinals. However, just hours before the match, SV Sunil, the star forward who was named the Asian Hockey Player of the Year earlier in 2017, was told that his brother-in-law Ganesh Acharya had passed away.

    This was the second time Sunil was given such news. In April, during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, his father had passed away and the 28-year-old had to battle his emotions to represent his country.

    Speaking after the win over Pakistan on Sunday to Times of India, Sunil said, “God is testing me many ways. Last time my father, this time my brother-in-law. I don’t know what to say. After the tournament, I will be back to my hometown.”

    In case you didn’t know…

    India’s biggest margin of victory against Pakistan had earlier been 7-4 – a scoreline they managed in the 2003 Champions Trophy as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Since 2010, India have won 13 out of 28 encounters against their bitter rivals on the hockey field, with seven matches ending in draws.

    The heart of the matter

    The man from Kodagu was born in a poor family and lost his mother at the age of four. As a kid, he used to play hockey with the help of bamboo sticks. Sunil made his debut for India in 2007 during their successful run at the Asia Cup in Chennai and was a key member of the Indian team that won silver at the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy in London. He was also a part of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games and bronze at the 2015 World League Final.

    After his father passed away, he went on to play for India in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and helped the team finish 3rd in the tournament.

    In the 7-1 win over Pakistan, Sunil had a great outing, facilitating the attack to set up Talwinder Singh’s goal in the first quarter. His solid performance came after heartbreaking news of his brother’s death following a long battle with illness

    He previously had scored the opening goal and had delivered another amazing performance in India’s 3-0 win over Canada on Saturday.

    What’s next?

    Sunil who recently won his 200th international cap will be one of the favourites to be named in the Indian side that will take part in the Hockey World League Final in Bhubhaneshwar, scheduled to begin in December. He has faced adversity throughout his life and will hope to continue delivering fine performances for the country and make his family proud.

    Authors take

    Playing through such adversity shows the character and the heart of an individual and SV Sunil proved that by delivering an outstanding performance against arch-rivals Pakistan in an important match. On a day that saw the ICC Champions Trophy Final overshadow the hockey match, Sunil and the India Men’s Hockey team provided Indians with an achievement to be proud of.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / SportsKeeda.com / Home> News> Hockey / by Tushar Varma / June 20th, 2017

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    Current head Parameshwara not to contest

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Former India international Ashwini Nachappa will contest for the post of president and secretary of the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) in the elections to be held here on July 1.

    Dr G Parameshwara, the current president, who had put his name for the top post again, withdrew on Thursday, the last day to file the nominations. Parameshwara, president of KAA since 2004, was not eligible to contest as he had already completed 12 years in the post.

    The KAA in 2015 had amended its constitution, in line with the Sports Code, and according to the changed rule, a president could hold office for a maximum period of 12 years with or without a break.

    Also contesting for the president’s post against Ashwini, who currently heads the Bangalore Urban District Athletics Association (BUDAA), will be HT Mahadev, secretary, Hassan District Athletics Association.

    For the secretary’s post, Rajavelu, from the Shimoga District Athletics Association, will be Ashwini’s opponent. Sources said that the incumbent KAA secretary, Chandrashekar Rai, eligible for another term, had not filed his nomination for the post.

    The KAA used to have a three-year term for its office-bearers but as per the amended constitution of the body, they will have a four-year term from now on.

    The secretary and treasurer may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each. After which, they need to serve a cooling off period of four years before they can seek fresh election to either post.

    As per the Sports Code, the office-bearers will cease to hold the post on attaining 70 years of age.

    The elections will be at the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) on July 1.
    The KAA had come under fire from the district units for not holding the AGM and elections on time last month. After the notification for election was issued on June 8, the list of eligible candidates was published on June 19. The scrutiny of the candidates will be done on Saturday and the last date for withdrawal of names is next Monday.

    Unhappy members

    It was learnt that some of the members who had thrown in their names for the elections were not happy with some of the contestents.

    As per the tradition, the clubs across the states will not be allowed to vote and only the 28 district associations will participate in the elections. Udupi, due to the in-fighting in its faction, has been disqualified from voting.

    Apart from president and secretary, the elections will be held for the posts of senior vice-president, four vice-presidents, senior joint secretary, joint secretary (3 posts) and treasurer.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DH News Service / Bengaluru – June 23rd, 2017

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    June 30th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    Ho Chi Minh City, (Xinhua):

    “We are striving to make King Coffee one of world’s top five coffee brands and to make Vietnam a global coffee powerhouse,” the wife of Vietnam’s coffee king told Xinhua.

    Le Hoang Diep Thao is the chief executive officer of Ho Chi Minh City-based Trung Nguyen International Corporation (TNI), part of the Trung Nguyen Group (TNG).

    Her husband, Dang Le Nguyen Vu, who has been recognized as Vietnam’s coffee king by Forbes Asia and National Geographic Traveler, is the co-founder and co-owner of TNG, a leading coffee firm in Vietnam, specializing in instant coffee, roasted and ground coffee, cafe trading and coffee export.

    After the couple successfully brought the G7 coffee brand to more than 60 countries in the world, Thao launched TNI King Coffee and is aiming to conquer the hearts of coffee lovers all over the world, including over 1.3 billion Chinese consumers who are used to drinking tea.

    “In the last 20 years, we have focused on the coffee business only. We provide full services, from coffee bean plantation to blending and roasting,” Thao said.

    “TNI’s coffee beans are finely chosen from the best coffee beans in Buon Ma Thuot (the capital city of Dak Lak central highland province, Vietnam’s coffee kingdom).

    Combined with advanced technology, production equipment imported from Europe, and the secret recipe from Trung Nguyen, TNI coffee is distinctive,” the graceful woman, wearing a long, red traditional dress explained.

    In late April, Thao put into operation a big TNI King Coffee factory, with an initial capacity of churning out 9,000 tons of roasted coffee beans and 19,800 tons of instant coffee a year, in the southern province of Binh Duong.

    King Coffee has been exported to many countries in the world, including the United States, Australia, Russia, China, India, South Korea and Singapore, and is expected to be available in 129 other markets in the future.

    “King Coffee for the king market,” Thao said, implying that China is world’s biggest coffee consumer. In China, King Coffee has advanced to become one of the four best-selling brands on T-Mall Supermarket, one of three key e-commerce websites of online trade platform Alibaba.

    In March, at the 96th China Food and Drink Fair held in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Thao announced that TNI will strive to meet its sales target of 1 billion U.S. dollars from the Chinese market in the next few years.

    “More and more Chinese young people like to drink coffee and regard it as a casual lifestyle,” Thao stated.

    Peter Tsang, Trung Nguyen’s general manager in charge of the Chinese mainland, echoed Thao’s statement, saying the Chinese market’s potentiality is huge and cafes are mushrooming there and becoming indispensable for Chinese youths.

    “Most of China’s population is used to drinking tea, but many Chinese people, especially youngsters, like to drink coffee,” he said, adding that Vietnamese coffee exported to China enjoys preferential treatment, including tax incentives.

    There are three key factors leading to the success of Trung Nguyen coffee in China, namely Vietnam’s fine coffee beans, the firm’s know-how, and the use of European machines and technologies, Tsang stated.
    “We hope that we will attain the sales target of 1 billion U.S dollars in the Chinese market by 2020,” he said.

    Now, over 1,000 Trung Nguyen cafés are set up home and abroad.

    However, two decades ago, Vu, born in 1971, was a medical student with poor parents. Motivated by the aspiration to make a fortune for himself and his country by selling processed coffee, Vu, in 1996, opened a coffee roasting facility in Dak Lak, with a total workforce of only four, including himself and three of his friends.

    Having practically no money or experience, Vu struggled to make his business survive while still having to attend classes. Time went by, and so did the money Vu invested in his small production base. His parents had to sell their own house to contribute capital to the base.

    According to local media, Vu, burdened with financial difficulties but wanting to realize his dream, met Thao, a 20-year-old lady, who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth (her father is a gold jewelry tycoon in Buon Ma Thuot), and agreed to marry.

    Vietnam, the world’s second biggest coffee exporter after Brazil, shipped 467,000 tons of coffee worth nearly 1.1 billion U.S. dollars overseas in the first quarter of this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    Thao expressed her strong belief that TNI King Coffee will be a huge success, especially in international markets, like the previous brand G7.

    “My greatest vision is expanding the Vietnamese brand all over the world, and for it to be able to compete with multinational companies in the coffee industry,” she said.

    source: http://www.news.xinhuanet.com / Xinhuanet.com / Home / source: Xinhua / by Tao Jun, Dong Hua / April 28th, 2017

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    Albuquerque, NM :

    The Professional Business Women-Albuquerque chapter has selected an executive of a hearing care practice as “Albuquerque Business Woman of the Year.” Honored was Naina Ballachanda, chief financial officer of Premier Hearing Center, which serves thousands of patients with hearing loss from five locations New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.

    In the award citation, Ballachanda was described as a “strong female leader [who] leaves an outstanding impression on people.”

    The honoree is married to Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD, CEO and director of audiology at Premier Hearing Center, who was formerly on the faculty at Purdue University and the University of New Mexico.

    source: http://www.hearinghealthmatters.org / Hearing Health & Technology Matters / by David Kirkwood / November 12th, 2011

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    June 30th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    Sao Lourenco, Brazil,(Xinhua) :

    A small Brazilian city, once famous for its mineral water springs, is now welcoming tourists with new attractions — a specialty coffee with unique taste and quality.

    Besides enjoying the natural beauty of Sao Sourenco, a city located in Brazil’s southeastern state of Minas Gerais, tourists from around the world are also flocking to a coffee shop at the city center to take a sip of the local coffee, which has a history of over 100 years.

    The coffee sold in Junior’s shop was grown at a farm located in the mountainous region of southern Minas Gerais, the soil and climatic conditions of which are favorable to coffee growth.

    Meanwhile, Sao Lorenco is famous throughout Brazil for its natural spring water, which also helps to explain why the region produces much of the best coffee in the country.

    “The coffee here has acidity and sweetness, and does not need sugar,” said Helcio Junior, director and the fourth generation coffee farmer running the coffee shop Unique Cafes.

    The good quality of local coffee has greatly boosted the development of tourism in the region, said Junior, who dedicated himself after graduating from university to transforming his family business from a coffee bean exporter to a specialty coffee producer.

    In 2005, a coffee sample from the farm won the first place in the “Cup of Excellence,” an annual competition held in several countries to identify the highest quality coffee produced, with a world record of 95.85 points on a scale of 0 to 100.

    Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of coffee. Coffee plantations are mainly located in the southeastern states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Parana.

    According to the Brazilian Association for the Coffee Industry, every single major coffee brand uses Brazilian coffee in its blend.

    However, Brazil has, for decades, oriented its export of coffee as a commodity instead of a specialty product, therefore it has lost the marketing game when it comes to promoting its own brand.

    “I started to roast our own coffee in 2005, when I entered our family business,” Junior said.

    “Before that, our company had only planted and produced green coffee beans, and starting to roast coffee means that our own coffee product enters the domestic market,” Junior said.

    According to Junior, his family has been exporting coffee beans to Japan, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Australia and the United States.

    “We have entered the Chinese market in recent four to five years, and we have opened a coffee shop in Shanghai,” he said.

    Junior believes that his specialty coffee has a promising prospect in the Chinese market.

    source: http://www.news.xinhuanet.com / Xinhuanet / Home / source: Xinhua / Editor: Zhou Xin / June 24th, 2017

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    June 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    Bengaluru :

    “Solitude is imperative in today’s mad world,” notes Alexis Greenwood. That is this 35-year-old’s excuse for packing his fishing rods and running away from Bengaluru on weekends. “My favourite fishing spot is the Cauvery river stretch in Coorg. The quiet wilderness takes you away from the chaos,” he says. Greenwood, who is a learning and development manager at First Advantage, has even made a business of this childhood hobby . With three like-minded partnerfriends, he set up fishing-travel company Nature’s Beat four years ago.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city's Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city’s Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank.

    Fishing is the instrument to unwind when he feels tired of imparting communication skills as a behavioural trainer during the course of the week.

    Greenwood takes a mixed bag of three to four software professionals to licensed angling sites at Shivasamudram, Coorg. He even conducts groups for salt-water fishing on the coastline. He teaches them the basics and handling equipment with different types of baits at about Rs 5,000 per head. Most species of fish they catch are released back into the water. The invasive species, however, are given away to the locals.

    Ask Greenwood who he learnt the art of angling from, and he gets nostalgic. “I must have been seven-years-old. My mother taught me to fish using a bamboo stick with a hook. We often went on camping trips to the Cauvery river stretch flowing through Galibore (near Mekedatu),” says Greenwood, a Mangaluru-born who was educated in Ooty.

    Juggling careers is not new to him. Even as a business management student at the city’s Wigan & Leigh College, he would do a night shift at a mortgage bank. “I didn’t like asking for pocket money from my mother. I loved buying high-tech music gadgets and gear. I decided to fund it myself and took up the job for Rs 10,000 per month,” recalls Greenwood.

    He believes that pursuing two careers is important, if only to break the monotony. “My job as a trainer is a means to my end.Fishing is the end to my means. In the age of instant results and click-and-buy online, fishing teaches one to sit and wait. More often, we don’t even get what we want. It teaches me patience,” says Greenwood. Evidently, there is no room for feeling a burnout here.

    He has no plans of scaling up his business model, but his five-year-old daughter is apparently hooked to the sport.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> News> Politics and Nation / by Smita Balram, ET Bureau / May 17th, 2017

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