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May 2014

Bhoomija’s “Jackfruit” — a festival of music for and by children


The Bhoomija Trust, a Bangalore based trust for showcasing performing arts in India and abroad, unveiled “Jackfruit”, a festival of music by and for children, in press conference in Bangalore today. Veena exponent Jayanthi and violinist Kumaresh, who are the festival directors of this year’s edition, were present, along with Gayathri Krishna, Bhoomija’s Managing Trustee.

The festival is spread over three venues, over two week-ends. Jackfruit opens in Brigade MLR, J P Nagar on Fri, May 30 and goes on up to Sun, Jun 1. On Fri, 6 Jun, the action moves to Chowdiah Memorial Hall and from 6 Jun to 8 Jun, the fest unravels itself in Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield.


TRIO teacher Wins TCS World 10k Marathon

ImageBangalore, 19th May, 2014: Vanessa Ruth Job, an Art Teacher from TRIO World School won the TCS World 10k Marathon under the women’s category age group of 20-30 held yesterday. Venessa came first in the marathon by completing it in 50 minutes 41 seconds. Venessa underwent training for the marathon for a couple of months. Last year, she finished the marathon in one hour. This year she had set her mind in finishing it in 50 minutes.

“It’s great just to finish a marathon, but to win it is really special. Initially I was very nervous and excited. I had never anticipated I would get any title, but I not only reached my goal but also stood first under women’s category age group 20-30. It was truly an honour to be part of the race on behalf of TRIO World School. The support I received from the students and the staff was overwhelming” says Venessa Ruth.

“Sports is an integral part of TRIO along with academics. We want to encouraging our kids about exercising and having a healthy lifestyle. We conduct extensive sports training at the school. Venessa has set a great example for students to follow,” says Mr. Naveen K M, Managing Director TRIO World School.


A Blood and Eye Donation Drive By The Nurses Of India Home Health Care


Bangalore, 16th May, 2014: A blood and eye donation camp was held by India Home Health Care in association with Lion’s Club to commemorate the International Nurses Day. The camp saw the nurses’ community coming forward to donate blood as well as their eyes to mark this special occasion.  Blood collected through the initiative will be stored at Lions blood bank for future use. More than 50male and female nurses donated blood and they pledged to donate their eyesto make the drive a success. The drive was held at the India Home Health Care office premises where the nurses participated with full vigor and zeal.

What better way to honor the services of the nurses than by donating blood andgifting their eyes that will go a long way in saving someone’s life.

TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014




Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor-Kipsang crosses the finish line in 00:27:44
seconds with New Course record to win the overall men’s title at the TCS
World 10K Bangalore 2014. In the picture also seen the Carl Lewis, Event
Ambassador & Puneeth Rajkumar, Face of the Event.


Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu crosses the finish line in 00:31:48 seconds with New
Course record to win the overall women’s title at the TCS World 10K
Bangalore 2014. In the picture also seen the Anju Bobby George (Olympian)
and Dr. N. Nagambika Devi, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government, Youth
Empowerment and Sports Department.


The Indian men’s winners of the TCS World 10K Bangalore, 2014 (from left)
1st runner up Nitendra Singh Rawat, Winner B. C. Tilak and 2nd runner up
Anish Thapa.

18th May, 2014, Bengaluru: On a day when no one predicted fast timings, Geoffrey Kamworoor-Kipsang obliterated the six-year-old course record with an excellent 27:44 clocking while Lucy Kabuu led a Kenyan podium sweep in the women’s race, also with a brilliant new time of 31:48, in the 7th edition of TCS World 10K Bangalore.
Pacemaker Daniel Salel, a silver medalist in 10000m at Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago, led the runners through the first half of the race in 13:57.   Defending champion Alex Oloitiptip and his Kenyan teammate Kamworor were in the lead group, as also Ethiopian Kinde Atanaw.  Incidentally the Ethiopian has the fastest time of 27:36, which he clocked during his second place finish at Prague last year, among those who took to the starting line in the men’s race today.   Atanaw was running alongside Kamworor before the Kenyan break-away after 6 km mark as the runners approached the popular Chinnaswamy Stadium-the Mecca of Cricket followers here.

Elaborating on his run, Kamwaror said, “I had one target when I returned to Bangalore and that was to break the course record. I am thrilled because I have done that today. I won the run because I was well-prepared though the conditions were not easy. I pushed after the 5km mark and did well. I will be back here again!”
Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, who made his first international debut in Bangalore, came from behind to win in second place 40 seconds after the Kenyan.  Usually a cross-country runner who excelled at steeplechase at times, Cheptegei felt the conditions suitable for his maiden appearance here. Atanaw, as in previous years, filled the bronze position for Ethiopia in 28:35.   Last year’s winner Oloitiptip, could not overcome the humid weather conditions, finished on sixth.

As in the men’s race pacemaker Beatrice Mutai did the front-running and led a group of 10 women in the race that started at 8:25 a.m.    Having performed her duty, Mutai started trailing behind after the 4km mark where Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui emerged as a leader and covered the distance at 12:36.  Teammate Lucy Kabuu, former Commonwealth Games gold medalist in 10000m and winner of Airtel Delhi Half-Marathon three years ago, along with Linet Masai joined the fray with Chepkirui in the remaining part of the

Both Kabuu and Chepkirui pulled away from Masai after the 6km mark and started running neck-to-neck for the next kilometer until the duo passed the Vidhan Saudha, a magnificent building-structure alongside the race route which is housing the state legislative assembly of Karnataka.   Kabuu applied pressure when she entered another of Bangalore’s landmark Cubbon
Park while Chepkirui struggling hard to maintain the pace.  However Chepkirui, who is holding a marvellous 30:37 clocked during her golden finish at Berlin last year, could not survive the increasing tempo of Kabuu in the waning stages of the race and swept away the title in 31:48.  To her satisfaction Chepkirui also improved the previous record of 31:58 which stood in the name of Ethiopian Yimer Wude since 2010, as she timed 31:55 to better it on that shiny Sunday.    Masai made it a 1-2-3 affair for the Kenyans in 32:28.  It was a second time that Kenyans have made a podium sweep here after the 2012 edition.
“I thank almighty God, who made me win today. I am delighted also because I have established a new course record. I was comfortable throughout the race but decided to make my move after the 8km mark. I am glad it worked and I have won today”, said an overjoyed Kabuu.
Both the winners – Geoffrey Kamworor and Lucy Kabuu – earned a course record ackpot of USD 7,500 besides their first place prize purse of USD 21,000 each.   The total prize pot of the race is USD 170,000. Trained under J.S. Bhatia, it was third-time lucky for Army lad B.C. Tilak in Bangalore in 30:26.  Anish Thapa, hails from Meghalaya, found the weather conditions hot and humid yet managed to finish second (30:38) behind Tilak on his debut over the 10K course.  Last year’s Asian Grand Prix winner Nitendra Singh Rawat was third at 30:47.  All the three runners have been attached with different units of the Indian Army.

Swati Gadhave won the women’s section among the Indian runners by leaving behind some of the leading names in the sport.  Swati, second in 2012 and sixth in 2011 at Bangalore, ran a tactical race when most of the otherrunners found it difficult to keep up with the  conditions on the road.   Her time of 37:22 was second slowest winning time here after local girl Preeti L. Rao’s 37:47 from 2010.  Marathoners Jayashree Boragee (37:35) and Supriya Patil (37:46) finished on in the next two spots behind Gadhave.

Brand Ambassador and legendary athlete Carl Lewis encouraged the participants along with other celebrities who had come over here to support the ever-increasing number of entrants in Namma Run.

Following are the final results:

Overall Elite Men: Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang (KEN) 00:27:44 (NCR); Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)
00:28:24; Kinde Atanaw (ETH) 00:28:35; Thomas Ayeko (UGA) 00:28:47; Vincent
Chepkok (KEN) 00:28:54; Alex  Oloitiptip(KEN) 00:29:03; Jacob Kendagor (KEN)
00:29:17; Daniel Salel (KEN) 00:29:28; Birhanu Delele (ETH) 00:30:19; Nazim
El Qady (MAR) 00:30:15.

Overall Elite women: Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 00:31:48 (NCR); Goyce Chepkirui (KEN) 00:31:55; Linet Masai (KEN) 00:32:28; Guteni Shone (ETH) 00:32:42; Helah Kiprop (KEN) 00:33:20; Netsanet Guduta (ETH) 00:33:34; Beatrice Mutai (KEN) 00:34:01; Ababel
Yeshaneh (ETH) 00:34:32; Helalia Johannes (NAM) 00:34:43; Malika Asahsah (MAR) 00:35:38.

Indian Men: B. C. Tilak 00:30:26 (Overall 12); Anish Thapa 00:30:38 (Overall 13); Nitendra Singh Rawat 00:30:47 (Overall  14); Arjun Pradhan 00:31:05 (Overall 15); V L Dangi 00:31:17 (Overall 17); Soji Mathew 00:31:20; Ajay Bir Singh 00:31:24; Balliappa A B 00:31:32; Yogendra Kumar 00:31:43; Bahadur Singh Dhoni 00:31:46.

Indian Women: Swati Gadhave 00:37:22 (Overall 11); Jayashree Boragee 00:37:35 (Overall 12); Supriya Patil 00:37:46 (Overall 13); Sini Ajit Markose 00:37:53; Kiran Sahdev 00:37 54; Pooja Ramesh Varde 00:38:14; Neelam Rajput 00:38:31;
Minakshi Patil 00:38:39; Rohini Raut 00:38:57; Monika Raut 00:39:01

DHL Corporate Champions: 1.FITKIDS (Goutham S, Nanda Gopal B R, Sowmya Savanth) 01:58:16. 2. GE INDIA (Vishakha Pandey, Bharat Sethuraman, Rohit Mohan) 02:17:20; WIPRO A (Sachin M G, Mukesh Prasad, Kamakshi L K) 02:19:40. MEN: Open 10K Challenge (15 to 20 Yrs.) Viraindra Rautela 00:38:00; Sunil Kumar 00:39:12; Rajiv D. 00:39:30 (20 to 30 Yrs.) Nanjundappa Maniyallappa 00:33:57; Christian A Ackeret (SUI) 00:35:20; Jegadheesan Munusamy 00:35:36. (30 to 40 Yrs.) Raja 00:36:20; Michael Allenspach (SUI) 00:37:13; Pierre Digbo (FRA) 00:38:12. (40 to 50 Yrs.) Suresh Chand 00:38:55; Thomas Philip 00:39:48; Farid Ahmed 00:40:07. (50 to 60 Yrs.) Ashok Nath 00:39:56; Robert Coombes (GBT) 00:42:24; Srinath S 00:43:36. (60 to 70 Yrs.)
Manjunatha Kota 00:52:00; Chandran G 00:52:30; Kannan S 00:54:56. (Above 70 Yrs.) Mahadev Samjiskar 01:00:42; Meenakshisundaram M 01:07:02; Janardan Bylahalli Raghunath 01:22:37.

Women: Open 10K Challenge (15 to 20 Yrs.) Madhuri Deshmukh 00:45:22; Aishwarya Shete 00:52:57; Namrata Narendra
00:53:15. (20 to 30 Yrs.) Vanessa Job 00:50:41; Upasana Koul 00:51:46; Zainab Shoib 00:53:57. (30 to 40 Yrs.) Natalie Follett (GBR) 00:45:46; Laura May (GBR) 00:45:50; Amrita Mitra 00:47:28. (40 to 50 Yrs.) Camilla Porling (SWE) 00:46:31; Vaishali Kasture 00:47:12; Maureen Enderby (GBR) 00:50:48. (50 to 60 Yrs.) Shamala Manmohan 00:59:40; Radha Krishnaswamy 00:59:44; Reeth Abraham 01:00:26. (60 to 70 Yrs. Sharada Venkataraman 01:15:11; Githa Thimmaiah 01:18:29; Malini Kini

CEO DASH: Jignesh Bhate (CEO, Molecular Connections) 0:01:19; Sanjay Aggarwal (CEO, Unicel Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) 0:01:20; Rakesh Singh (MD, CITRIX Systems) 0:01:21; Anjan Lahiri (CEO, Sasken Communications Tech. Ltd.) 0:01:22; Karan Bagaria 0:01:49; Vivek B Singh (Jt. MD, Procam International) 0:01:49; Jayesh Mehta (MD, Future Business Tech. Ind. Pvt. Ltd.) 0:02:00; Pratish Batavia (CEO, P D Navkar Biochem Pvt. Ltd.) 0:02:09.

Kingfisher Bombaat Brigade: Cupa Bangalore (Winner-Animal Welfare). Think Tank (Think) (Runner up). Kingfisher Sakkath Bangalorean: Anand Raj (Winner-Helmet Safety) Manas Kumar Mahapatra (1st Runner up-General Elections 2014) Shiva (2nd Runner up-Women Empowerment).

Pro Kabaddi league gears up to raid Global Kabaddi talent

Auction of over 96 Kabaddi players from across 14 countries to be held in Mumbai on 20 May, 2014


 Saturday, 17 May 2014, Mumbai: Team Mashal Sports, promoter of the Pro-Kabaddi League is all set to kick start the first ever Pro Kabaddi season beginning with an auction for the World’s finest Kabaddi talent on May 20, 2014 in Mumbai. The auction to be hosted by the ‘Travelling Gavel’ Bob Hayton, who has over 30 years of auctioning experience, will put a pool of 96 professional Kabaddi players from across 14 countries, under the hammer for the 8 franchises that constitute the league – Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Vizag.

All owners have been mandated to build a team of 12 players from the three categories, A, B and C, that each of the 96 players are categorized into based on their prior records and achievements. To have evenly balanced teams in the league, all owners would have to choose 4 category ‘A’ players, 6 category ‘B’ players and 1 category ‘C’ player. The twelfth and final player will be picked from a ‘State Wild Card’ pool. The 32 Category ‘A’ players will be auctioned in 4 lots; 8 raiders, followed by 8 defenders, 8 all-rounders and concludes with a mixed 8. The 48 Category ‘B’ players will also be auctioned in 4 lots of 12 each and out of the 12 players in Category C, a total of 8 – one per team – will be allotted through a Double Draw system.  The state wild card player will be selected by the individual franchisee based on recommendations of the state associations.

The owners who include, entrepreneur and social philanthropist Ronnie Screwvala for Mumbai, The Future Group for Kolkata, Insurekot Sports (Kotak Group) for Pune, and Abhishek Bachchan for Jaipur amongst other distinguished and high profile individuals, will have a tough task at hand but are extremely excited at building a winning team through sensible auction strategies.

 The Pro Kabaddi league is all set to kick off in Mumbai on the 26th of July with each of the 8 venues hosting 4 days of ‘home’ team action and all teams playing each other twice for a total of 14 league matches.  The knock-out finale will be played in Bangalore between 28th and 31st August 2014. In a significant value addition to Kabaddi, these games will be spectacularly produced and telecasted live on prime time TV by international broadcaster, Star Sports.

Speaking on the upcoming auction, Managing Director of Mashal Sports, Charu Sharma said, “It’s a very important milestone for all of us who have joined hands to make this boldest revolution in Indian sports, a reality.  The team owners are very excited of course, but imagine the enthusiasm and anticipation with which the top Kabaddi players from India and many other countries are waiting for the auction drama to unfold.  Kabaddi is a tough, raw, physical sport without thus far, any organised remuneration.  Pro Kabaddi is setting the ball rolling to make the sport visible, attractive, professional, remunerative and, for a large section of India’s athletic youth, aspirational”.

Mercedes-Benz introduces South India’s first AMG Performance Center in Bengaluru Continues its Product Offensive by Launching the ML 63 AMG

In line with its strategic focus on the AMG brand in India, Mercedes-Benz India today inaugurated South India’s first AMG Performance Center in Bengaluru at Sundaram Motors and also launched the superior performance SUV – the ML 63 AMG for the Indian market. This way, Mercedes-AMG aims to offer a more personalized service to its customers and further bolster its powerful luxury SUV product portfolio in India.

The AMG Performance Center is designed to offer distinct Mercedes-AMG product experience and a commitment to first-class service quality at every stage in the customer relationship. This focus on developing an even closer relationship with customers extends a very special brand experience. The AMG Performance Center is characterized by a consistently applied and a unique AMG brand identity. High quality interiors, with exclusive furnishings and a palette of colours that is representative of AMG, create an exclusive atmosphere for driving enthusiasts.

The ML 63 AMG redefines luxury with its striking design, super luxurious interiors and enhanced safety features. The ML 63 AMG has a 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, which develops a peak output of 410 kW and maximum torque of 760 Nm. The AIRMATIC package ensures a smooth ride while the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM offers stabilisation and provides high-level driving dynamics and comfort that Mercedes-Benz has become synonymous with.

Mario Spitzner, Director Branding & Marketing Mercedes-AMG GmbH said “AMG has been on the forefront of delivering exceptional driving experience on and off the race track. This attitude of striving for more performance driving, always being one step ahead, takes a new dimension in India with the launch of our AMG Performance Center in Bengaluru. The AMG Performance Center will serve as the perfect place for performance car enthusiasts to experience and discover the right AMG car, concept and accessories for a perfect driving experience.”

“We believe India is ready for a performance oriented driving experience and we are delighted to bring these closer to our customers in India. Our AMG portfolio has seen tremendous success and we are thrilled to add yet another superlative driving experience – The ML 63 AMG in our luxury performance SUV range for India.” Mr. Spitzner further added.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said “It’s an exciting time here at Mercedes-Benz India and our success once again reiterates that, our strategy to focus on top of the pyramid is paying off. We are on the right track and we will continue to focus on delivering our brand promise. Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai are strategic cities for the Mercedes-AMG brand and this is one of the fastest roll out yet, of the AMG network. We are delighted to inaugurate South India’s first AMG Performance Center and launch the powerful ML 63 AMG performance SUV in Bengaluru. The AMG Performance Center will serve as a nodal point for the customers and performance driving enthusiasts in South India. The new ML 63 AMG sets new standards in terms of performance, exclusivity, efficiency and a superlative driving experience, while our AMG Performance Center will serve as a hub for a unique AMG experience.”

Orion Mall’s Fun League


Bangalore May, 15th 2014: Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway announces the unveiling of the Fun League – a children’s fun and games festival which is on till May 18th in its customary grand style. Fun League will be a 10-day ticketed event by the lakeside area of the mall. The fest will be on from 2PM to 9PM. The fun and entertainment is open to all youngsters below the age of 16 years and so, it’s time to bring the whole family over for a whale of a time. It is the summer holidays and parents undoubtedly look for ways to entertain their young ones. What better than to bring the family to the mall and have a great time at a festival designed exclusively for kids? There is a lot children may look forward to at this fest beginning with the décor at the lakeside. Children will be welcomed with a themed entrance arch done up with colored flags. 

An emcee will be around to interact with the crowd, encourage them to participate and announce the various activities that will be taking place at different times. Besides all of this, families also have several entertainment options at Orion Mall such as the country’s largest bowling alley, BluO, Time Zone and the 11 screen PVR and more.

“Summer holidays are a time parents look for entertainment options that are out in the open and safe. Of course, entertainment for the family is another priority. Our Fun League assures parents of a wonderful space for their children, with lots of fun, games and entertainment. Each of the games has dedicated staff and supervisors to ensure complete safety with lots of enjoyment,” says Vishal Mirchandani, CEO, Commercial and Retail, Brigade Group.



YOGA VIDHYA Pranic Healing of Karnataka organises Wesak event at Buddha temple in the City


Bangalore, May 12, 2014: On May 15, 2014, Pranic Healing has organised a Meditation event on the Wesak day at the Buddha Temple at Sadashivanagar in Bangalore. According to tradition, at the time of the full moon in Taurus, the Buddha comes to the Wesak Valley of the Himalayas to bring the powerful spiritual energy of Shamballa to the assembled masters, initiaties and disciples of the Hierarchy, for the assimilation and eventual distribution of this Shamballa force throughout the world.

The Wesak Valley, lying at a rather high altitude in the foothills of the Himalayan-Tibet ranges. It is surrounded by high mountains on all sides except towards the northeast, where there is a narrow opening in the mountain ranges. Approaching the time of the full moon of Taurus, pilgrims from the surrounding districts begin to gather. The holymen and the lamas find their way into the valley and fill the southern and the middle parts, leaving the northeastern end relatively free. There, so the legend runs, gathers a group of those great Beings Who are the Custodians on Earth of God’s Plan for our planet and for humanity.

This group of knowers of divinity are the main participants in The Wesak Festival. They arrange themselves in the northeastern end of the valley, in concentric circles, and prepare for a great act of service. In front of the rock, looking towards the northeast, stand Those Beings Who are called by Their disciples The Three Great Lords. These are The Christ, Who stands in the center; the Lord of living forms, The Manu, Who stands at His right; and The Lord of Civilization, who stands to His left. These three face the rock upon which rests a great crystal bowl, full of water.

The founder of Modern Pranic Healing, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui (GMCKS) successfully developed what was known as the art of healing into what may be considered a fully developed Scientific Method. Pranic Healing as a scientific method aims to investigate healing phenomena and acquire new healing knowledge, as well as correct and integrate previous knowledge on healing. Pranic Healing as a scientific method is based on gathering observable, empirical, measurable evidence, subject to specific principles of reasoning.

Pranic Healing is a highly developed and tested system of energy based a no-touch healing technique that utilizes “Prana” to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. “Prana” is a Sanskrit word that means “life force”. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. In acupuncture, the Chinese refer to this subtle energy as “Chi”. It is also called “Ruah” or the “Breath of Life” in the Old Testament.

“Karbonn Titanium Hexa” to be launched exclusively on


May 12th, 2014 – Bengaluru (India)Karbonn – India’s leading smartphone manufacturer takes another step towards ‘Massifying Technology’ by making the Amazon shopping app natively available on  its next generation smartphones, starting with its upcoming  range of Titanium Hexa, Octane and Octane Plus devices. It will make shopping on the move easier by offering a convenient, fast and secure way to search, browse and make purchases anytime, anywhere from A first-in-industry initiative, the Karbonn e-bazaar application is reverse mapped to and showcases great customer offers from the marketplace. With the collaboration of Karbonn and along with the innovative Karbonn marketplace, customers can feel reassured about the quality, delivery and security of the service while shopping on their mobile device.

Opening up myriad shopping vistas through smartphones, preloading the shopping app by Karbonn enables shoppers from metros to Tier II and small towns to explore a seamless on-the-go experience. Customers can use the app to conveniently shop while commuting; they can browse & search for their favourite products, view recommendations & customer reviews, add to wish lists & cart and complete the purchase using all of the payment options available on the site and track the status of their orders. By logging on to their accounts through this dedicated app, consumers can shop from over 1.5 crore products across 24 product categories.



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