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    Ganesh and Rashmika Mandanna in Chamak

    Ganesh and Rashmika Mandanna in Chamak

    Ganesh and Rashmika Mandanna-starrer Chamak, directed by Suni, is nearly done with shoot for just one fight sequence left. Meanwhile, the team has just returned from north Karnataka, after shooting for a song.

    Suni tells City Express, “It was for a romantic track, but what is exciting is that we got to shoot at unexplored locations, which we spotted around the coastal belt of Karwar.” The director shares photos from the location with us, and adds, “This speciality of this song is that Ganesh does scuba diving in it and the location is Tilmati, on the black beach during monsoons and along the mango grove”.

    The lyrics written by Arjun Louis has been sung by Supriya Lohit and Abhinandan.

    Suni is targetting a Christmas release and is working towards it. The romcom, which has Ganesh playing a gynecologist for the first time.The film is produced by T R Chandrashekar and has music by Judah Sandy and cinematography by Santhosh Rai Pathaje.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Entertainment> Kannada / by Express News Service / October 11th, 2017

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    It will occur at around 12.35 p.m.

    All roads will lead to Talacauvery where the Cauvery Theerthodhbava has been scheduled for Tuesday.

    A large number of devotees from the State and outside the State are expected to gather at the hill temple in Kodagu district to witness the event, which is slated around 12.35 p.m.

    With the Theerthodbhava happening in the afternoon this year, devotees are expected to turn out in big numbers and the Kodagu district administration has accordingly made arrangements. The road to Talacauvery has been repaired and Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza has reviewed the preparations for the event.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysuru – October 17th, 2017

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    October 15th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The district administration is all set for Cauvery Theerthodbhava, scheduled to be held at 12.33 pm on October 17.

    The festive spirit has already engulfed Bhagamandala and Talacauvery with a large number of devotees visiting Bhagandeshwara Temple and taking a dip in Triveni Sangama. Some organisations have taken up the work on cleaning the surroundings of the temple andthe banks of the river. The work on filling potholes is in progress.

    As Theerthodbhava will take place in the afternoon, a large number of devotees are expected to take part. Kodagu Ekikarana Ranga has made arrangement for the supply of meals for the visiting devotees. Rice, jaggery, oil, coconuts, and vegetables will arrive from Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru districts for the purpose.

    Last year, there was a drastic decline in the number of devotees who visited Theerthodbhava, following violence over sharing of river Cauvery water. This year, the situation is back to normal and the state too has received bountiful rainfall too. As a result, a large number of devotees from Tamil Nadu and Kerala are likely to take part.

    Further, Kodi family have made all preparations for the rituals. Traditional rituals will be held prior to Theerthodbhava on Sunday and Monday. Goddess Cauvery’s idol will be decked up with gold ornaments.

    Normally, ‘Theertha’ (holy water) from Brahma Kundike is transported in vehicles. However, Talacauvery Moola Swaroopa Rakshana Vedike has opposed the move to transport the Theertha in vehicles.

    Liquor sale banned

    To maintain law and order, the district administration banned the sale of liquor from midnight of October 15 to 10 am on October 18, within 10 km radius of Bhagamandala gram panchayat jurisdiction.

    Changes in traffic rules

    To facilitate the movement of vehicles, the district administration has made minor changes in the traffic movement and has introduced one-way traffic on several roads from 6 am till 6 pm on October 17.

    All the vehicles from Madikeri to Bhagamandala should pass through Thalathmane-Udothmotte-Appangala-Bhagamandala. All the vehicles from Bhagamandala to Madikeri should pass through Appangala-Panya-Katakeri.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / by Aditya K A, Madikeri / DH News Service / October 14th, 2017

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    October 15th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News

    Zaccareo said the company inaugurated Coffee Training Centre last year which was the first largest centre outside Italy.

    Italian coffee brand Lavazza today announced the launch of its first made-in-India premium filter coffee “II Mattino Vivace”, produced at its manufacturing facility near here, a top company official said today.

    The facility at Sri City in Tada began its commercial operations a few weeks ago, Fresh and Honest Cafe Ltd Managing Director Silvio Zaccareo said.

    Fresh and Honest Cafe Ltd is a 100 percent subsidiary of Lavazza.

    “The factory began commercial operations a few weeks ago. We are launching the Made in India product today..” he told reporters after unveiling II Mattino Vivace.

    Zaccareo declined to reveal the size of investment made at the factory or the number of employees working in it.

    II Mattino Vivace meaning ‘lively morning’ is made from blends of Arabica and Robusta coffees roasted for the “at home” segment.

    The beans were sourced from plantations in Coorg and Chikmagalur in Karnataka. A 200 gm packet is priced at Rs 150, he said.

    “Lavazza is known the world over for its expertise in art of blending for over four generations. II Mattino Vivace is a result of combining that expertise and our understanding of the unique consumer preferences in Indian market”, he said.

    The domestic coffee market was around 70,000 tonne in which 80 percent comprises “at home” (residential) segment.

    To a query, he said the coffee powder would be available in retail outlets across the country. “We are planning to complete first stage distribution by end of this month”.

    Zaccareo said the company inaugurated Coffee Training Centre last year which was the first largest centre outside Italy.

    The centre trains professionals, carries out research and explores new forms of taste. “We have trained more than 1,000 people,” he said.

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / MoneyControl / Home> News> Business / by PTI / October 13th, 2017

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    October 15th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy

    Bengaluru :

    The state government is expected to launch the work on building three roads to create alternative access from Bengaluru to Kodagu and Hassan districts, by Republic Day. The new routes –that involve widening and upgrading of the existing roads –are aimed at easing the pressure off Mysuru and Tumakuru roads in the city.

    Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP) is developing the roads under the PPP model on hybrid annuity basis using ADB loans. The three roads are estimated to cost Rs 1,484 crore. The organisation, which is evaluating the price bids, is expected to award the projects soon.

    The road construction will take about two years from the zero date. The projects entail 75% construction grant and nine years of concession period which includes two years of construction and seven years of operation and maintenance.

    The project packages involve building a four-lane toll road from NICE junction to Magadi on a 36.5 km stretch. The KSHIP will also upgrade the existing two-lane highways from Magadi to NH-75 junction (15 km) near Kunigal and, from Magadi to Somwarpet (166 km) with paved shoulders, truck lay-by, bus lay-by and rest areas. The KSHIP has identified the accident-prone areas, and will correct the geometry of these roads to prevent accidents.

    Public works minister HC Mahadevappa said the PPP hybrid annuity model has turned out to be huge success in Karnataka inviting praise from the World Bank. “We are committed to develop another 400-km over the next three years, which includes two-lanes from Kollegal to Hanur,” he said.

    The new roads via Magadi will benefit even those visiting Kasargod district in Kerala. The government also hopes the upgraded roads will bring about prosperity in villages along the highways, and create jobs for the youth.

    KSHIP chief project officer P Manivannan said his organisation has constructed more than 700-km of state highways in the last four years. “Indeed, four years back, we were developing 8 km a month, and now 33 km a month.Now, Karnataka tops the country in highway development,” he said.

    The government will take a call later whether it will permit collection of a toll from users, or bear it out of its funds. The engineering design of these roads, KSHIP officials said, conforms to the latest Indian Road Congress codes and, the best industry practices.The roads improvement projects are based on traffic forecasts and review of existing road network, safety of users and future economic development.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> News> Economy> Infrastructure / by ET Bureau / October 13th, 2017

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    Princess Victoria Gowramma

    Princess Victoria Gowramma

    It has been a series of serendipitous discoveries ever since I started researching about the story of Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg. I stumbled upon on several hitherto unknown details of the period that Chikka Veerarajendra and his daughter spent in the Victorian England. Princess Gowramma had the unique privilege of being Queen Victoria’s goddaughter. She was baptised as an 11-year-old in the presence of the queen, who lent her own name to the Indian princess.

    In my book, Victoria Gowramma: The Lost Princess of Coorg, I wrote that Gowramma and her husband Colonel John Campbell had a daughter named Edith Victoria, who married Captain Henry Edward Yardley in 1882. Their only son, Henry Victor Yardley, emigrated to Australia. Henry Victor died in a motorbike accident in 1936. I concluded that there were no further descendants of Gowramma.

    However, I was wrong. It was while releasing my book at Nehru Centre in London that I met Anne Phillips — a direct descendant of Colonel John Campbell from his first wife, Margaret Mathew. Colonel John Campbell had served in India. He was an officer in the 38th Madras Native Infantry. One of his postings was in Bellary. She told me that Henry Victor Yardley married Ethel May Field in 1910 and they had three children. Anne also gave me some rare photographs of Gowramma and her daughter Edith, from her private collection.

    Anne’s late mother had recollections of having met Edith, and had preserved the photographs and other memorabilia. Anne is now in possession of a bracelet along with a handwritten letter from Queen Victoria, presented to Lady Lena Login (sister of Colonel John Campbell), for having looked after her goddaughter who had a troubled but eventful life in England. Princess Gowramma died in 1864, aged 23.

    Anne Phillips and I collaborated in tracking the descendants of Victoria Gowramma in Australia. Using the Australian registry of births, deaths and marriages, we were able to gather information and draw the family tree of Gowramma’s descendants. However, we could not get in touch with the family. This however changed when Robert Yardley, a great-great-grandson of Victoria Gowramma, read my book and left a message for me on one of the blogs. The family lives in New South Wales in Australia.

    Robert’s daughter Natashya Yardley got in touch with me a few months ago and informed me of her visit to Coorg. Natashya is Gowramma’s great-great-great granddaughter. I was excited at the prospect of meeting a direct descendant Princess Victoria Gowramma.

    I took Natashya to various places of interest connected with the Haleri dynasty in Coorg, including the royal tombs of her ancestors at Gaddige in Madikeri. Natashya was intrigued that the Indian branch of her ancestry could be traced back to Veeraraja.

    Natashya sent me a rare photograph of her great-grandfather, Henry Victor Rajendra Yardley, the grandson of Princess Gowramma.

    It was a singular experience for me to meet and interact with a direct descendant of Princess Gowramma. After meeting Natashya, I feel that I have connected with my muse, Princess Gowramma, by ‘six degrees of separation’!

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by C.P. Belliappa / October 10th, 2017

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    It is said that in order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence. But the silence these days is deafening. The avian population is leaving the city in droves and so are the birdwatchers, who are running off to the outskirts in search of the now-elusive chirps.

    “I usually head to the outskirts of the city now, to areas like Nandi Hills, Kanakapura Road, Tumkur Road, Sarjapur and so on,” says Sudhir Shivaram, director and founder of ‘Sudhir Shivaram Photography’ and an avid bird watcher for the last 15 years. “Any area which is a good habitat for birds and has limited human activity is a good option for bird watching. And such areas are only on the city’s outskirts now.”

    There are plenty of reasons why the feathered community is giving the city a miss. “The decline of water bodies and their beautification is a big reason. The bunds on the lakesides are making way for stones and concrete for aesthetic appeal but this is not favourable for birds,” points out Sudhir.

    Bopanna Pattada DP

    Bopanna Pattada DP

    “Apart from biological factors, like crows and pigeons edging out other species that feed on grains, external reasons like use of kite ‘manja’ and pigeon netting as well as an increase in the domestic cat population, has resulted in a decrease in the bird population in the city,” lists out Bopanna Pattada, who heads ‘Bangalore Birding Adventures’.

    Like everyone else, he also prefers to head out of the city for bird-watching expeditions now and says places like Bannerghatta National Park and Rishi Valley School are good options. “So is Hoskote Lake which has regained its water level in the last 5-6 years and now attracts a wide variety of birds.”

    But while enthusiastic birders and photographers don’t mind going the extra mile, the growing crowds around avian havens are becoming a cause for concern for many. “Even places like Nandi Hills are seeing huge crowds now. There is a lot of noise and garbage and thus the previously large numbers of birds is coming down,” says Punith Suvarna, a data analyst and bird photographer.

    “A lot of offroading is happening now and vehicles are going very close to water bodies and green areas. We need to give birds some space. So intense is the desire and competition for unique clicks, that people are resorting to means like destroying the nests so that others can’t get the same shots,” he adds.

    The birds are on their way out. Pretty soon we will only be left with their pictures on social media then.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / by Rajitha Menon, DH News Service / October 05th, 2017

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    October 8th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The elected representatives directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for Cauvery Theerthodbhava, scheduled to be held on October 17, at Talacauvery.

    Speaking at a meeting convened to discuss preparations for the annual programme on Saturday, MLA K G Bopaiah said that the Theerthodbhava will occur at 12.33 pm.

    He said a large number of devotees are likely to attend it. Hence, additional bus facility should be made. The pothole-filled road from Madikeri to Talacauvery should be repaired. Also, suitable arrangements should be made for the parking of vehicles. The district administration should ensure that no inconvenience is met by the devotees, he added.

    Bopaiah said temporary toilets should be constructed. Arrangements should be made for the supply of drinking water too, he added.

    Congress leader Biddatanda S Thammaiah said that a bridge near Thavoor on Madikeri-Bhagamandala has collapsed a few years ago and it has not been repaired so far.

    Hosooru Ramesh Joyappa said the density of vehicles to Talacauvery and Bhagamandala is on the rise. There is a need to check the density of vehicles, he added.

    Pushkara ritual

    Some people in the meeting opposed Pushkara ritual at Talacauvery and Bhagamandala stating that it is against the sanctity of the place.

    MLA K G Bopaiah, MLC Sunil Subramani and Veena Achaiah questioned the ritual, where the Theertha kundike is made impure by taking bath.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service, Madikeri / October 07th, 2017

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