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April 2016

Economically challenged students excel in JEE (Main) 2016

Bangalore, April 28, 2016: ‘TAPAS’, a free residential program initiated in 2012 by Rashtrotthana Parishat and BASE is a pioneering initiative in the field of education. It aims to train deserving students from economically challenged sections of the society such as children of daily wage earners, cobbler, auto driver, house maid etc for national level competitive examinations. This course is provided with free PU education and IIT entrance training.

26 of the 33 students from TAPAS program have qualified for JEE (Advanced) 2016, the results of which were announced yesterday. It has successfully stood up to the expectations with a remarkable achievement in JEE – Mains this year.




Rahul V Poojari (189), Baba D (187), Bharath HP (181) & Sujith D Dixith (181) are the toppers from TAPAS program.

Tapas selects around 30 – 40 bright students each year from economically weaker sections across Karnataka and offers them free PU education & IIT JEE training, free food & hostel accommodation. A selection test is conducted at all district headquarters and additional towns in Karnataka. Based on the performance and subsequent assessment, final selection of students is conducted. Many of these students are from Kannada medium till their class X. The selected students are admitted to the Pre University course at Rashtrotthana PU College in the city. Experienced teachers from Rashtrotthana PU College train them for the board exam and the IIT training is provided by BASE faculty.

“Reaching the unreached and bringing them to main stream is key objective of TAPAS. At TAPAS, we focus on building character along with sharpening their skills for entering IITs. This outstanding achievement of the young ‘Tapas’ achievers have paved a strong path for many other bright students from economically challenged sections of the society to dream of higher accomplishments. There are lots of students in the weaker sections of the society from rural areas who really deserve in their field of studies and are waiting for the right platform to create aspirations and achieve them.” said N Dinesh Hegde, General Secretary, Rashtrotthana Parishat.

“As a leader in student training in Karnataka, BASE prepares students to take on highly competitive exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, CET, NTSE, and various Medical entrance exams conducted by top medical institutions in the country. This is a unique initiative by Rashtrotthana and BASE to provide free training to the deserving students who have excelled well in their studies. We are delighted and proud to be a part of this exceptional program. We hope that these students will keep weaving such success stories and we will continue to make a difference with the dedicated efforts of our faculty. We are glad to take up this initiative and help economically weaker sections build their career”, said Dr H S Nagaraja, Founder Director of BASE.


The Ethnic Beauty Called Phulkari

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India’s vast diaspora is home to an untold number of ethnic art forms. Over the years, some of them have managed to flourish, while many others remain hidden in village homes across the country. One such art form that has gained a good deal of recognition is that of Phulkari.

Phulkari (Phul – flower and Kari – art) is a Punjabi embroidery style that was originally very domestic in nature. The women of the community created these art pieces to serve as creative outlets for themselves. These were extensively used in their interior décor as well as during weddings. Over time, works of Phulkari came to be popular in other parts of the country as well.

In Bengaluru, original works of Phulkari, straight from the villages of Punjab may be found at Manog Agaria’s store at the Orion Caravan Flea Market. Having been here for the last three years, with additional outlets on MG Road and Brigade Road, Manoj says that his Phulkari wares sell amazingly well. He has a range of products – handbags, clutches, odhnis, dupattas, kurtas and even semi-stitched blouses.

Each time he gets in a new stock, it comes packed with a whole new range of wares. This ensures that his store always has a variety on display and you will not end up seeing the same things on a return visit.

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Manoj explains that while Phulkari work is primarily flower based embroidery, the themes and designs do vary depending on the region. You also have Kutchi, Rajwadi and Kadai styles of Phulkari which are all named after these regions.

All of the work is hand done and the time taken is often dependent on the design. For example, a Kadai work double bed sheet with two pillow covers can take an artist up to 5 days to create. There are a range of materials used in the creation of phulkari. Base materials can be cotton (Tasvi cotton is a unique option), wool, polyester and silk and commonly used.

The work done on this depends on the weight of the material. The threads chosen for the work and the design are all based on how much weight the material can handle. Cotton, silk and woolen threads are commonly used.

Price ranges vary extensively based on materials used and product. Small products may begin at Rs 200 and work its way up. Bed sheet sets begin at Rs 1000 and go up to Rs 3000.

Phulkari offers you a range of ethnic products to choose from. Each piece has a unique identity ensuring that you are the cynosure of all eyes when you step out with it.

8 month old baby from Mauritius undergoes a rare liver Transplant at Manipal Hospitals

Bangalore, April 28, 2016: Manipal Hospitals Bangalore scripted a path breaking rare liver transplant surgery to gift new lease of life to 8 month old baby boy Master Habilen from Mauritius. The donor recipient surgery was successfully accomplished by team of expert transplant surgeons led byDr. Ravichand, Chief of Liver Transplant Surgeon along with Dr. Magnus Mansard, Liver Transplant surgeon and Specialist Liver Anaesthetist Dr. Navneethan.

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Baby Habilen was suffering from Progressive Familial Intra-Hepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) when he was only five months old -a condition in which the bilirubin produced by the liver is not able to get excreted by the liver and was getting stagnated within, causing damage to the liver. In a short period of less than a year the liver was damaged irreversibly (cirrhosis).

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There was no medical treatment possible in this scenario and the only option to save this child was to do a living donor liver transplant. While the situation was being explained to the baby’s family, his 19 year old sister volunteered to be the donor. Post comprehensive evaluation and after completing the legal formalities with the concerned authorities the surgery was conducted.

A portion of the liver weighing around 250 grams was removed and implanted in the baby after carefully removing the whole of the disease liver. The surgery lasted for 8 hours and was performed with the help of special microscope to suture the blood vessels. Post the transplant the baby was shifted to pediatric liver ICU and monitored under the expert care of Dr. Aswath, Pediatric intensivist  and Dr. Sivakumar Pediatric intensivist,Manipal Hospitals

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals said, “Baby Habilen’s case was not only rare and complicated but heart-warming as well. His sister came forward to donate a part of her liver to save him. Interestingly after a portion of the liver is resected it grows back to almost 90% of its original size, in the hands of experts liver donation is an accepted medical procedure and certainly is a lifesaving procedure for patients with liver failure especially in children. In this case the donor has recovered well and will lead a normal life soon.”

Dr Olithselvan, Chairman & Hepatologist, Manipal Hospitals Bangalore said, “The challenge in this particular case was the weight of the baby which was merely 8 kgs. This made the surgery tedious and complicated. The blood vessels supplying blood to the liver are in the size of millimeters and joining them together requires a great degree of skill and experience. Post-operative complications risks such as blockage of blood vessels are also a possibility in such cases.”

He further added, “Not many centers in India conduct transplant on such small babies with successful outcomes. Fortunately at Manipal we have experienced team of hepatologists, liver transplant surgeons and intensivists who were able to perform this miraculous liver transplant on the child successfully.”

Parents of the baby said, “We were extremely disheartened to learn the condition of our baby. Our prayers were answered at Manipal Hospital thanks to the team of doctors who have given a second life to our baby. Both our children are healthy and safe and we are all set to fly back to our country.”

Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) is a class of chronic cholestasis disorders that begin in infancy and usually progress to cirrhosis within the first decade of life. The average age of onset is at 3 months. The ill effects of PFIC can be many right from severe jaundice, discolourisation of teeth, darker urine, vitamin deficiencies, enlarged liver, itching and gall stones apart from host of other things.


Jayanagar gets its own Yamaha Music Station


Bangalore, Thursday, April 28, 2016: Yamaha- the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments, crossed another milestone with the launch of its newest music station at Jayanagar, today. The Yamaha Music Station at Jayanagar by Reynolds Inc. was inaugurated by Hitoshi Mochizuki, MD- Yamaha Music India Pvt. Ltd and renowned music composer Merlyn D’Souza. The store, like the other branches all over the country houses latest world-class musical instruments and professional audio-visual equipment.

Sharing his excitement about the launch, the MD for Yamaha Music in India, Mr. Hitoshi Mochizuki said, “We, at Yamaha are very excited about the expansion of our brand and have many such store openings, planned. Since the first reed organ manufactured by Torakusu Yamaha, in 1887, the company has displayed its passion for music and precision, and is keen to contribute even more, to the industry. Like Victor Hugo said, ‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.’ We provide the tools to express what would normally remain, unsaid.”

The launch also included a brilliant performance by Merlyn D’Souza, one of India’s finest music directors, composers and musician. The newly launched Yamaha Music Station situated in the 3rd block of Jayanagar, one of the oldest residential areas of Bangalore, houses two floors dedicated to Yamaha brand equipment and Instruments and another floor for all other musical instrument brands. This is a larger space than the other two existing stores in Bangalore, which are a single floor space.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Felix Remedios, Managing Director- Reynolds Inc shared, “The store is a one stop shop for musicians, teachers and students providing a variety of guitars, keyboards, drums and other instruments suitable to each ones taste and budget. Customers in this part of the city expect high quality offering at a convenient location and the added advantage is that Yamaha products already have a huge fan following in Jayanagar.”

Mr. Hitoshi Mochizuki further added, “Music is not limited to cultures, languages or even ethnicities. And with the help of our learning and creation tools, a person just needs an instrument to begin their musical journey. Yamaha Music Stations can be found in 14 cities in 16 stores. The company is planning rapid expansions, pan- India, and has established several Musical Education programs amongst which, Music Mates and Music Point, are significant.

The Store is aesthetically designed with a wide range of musical instruments, ranging from Piano, Digital Piano, guitars and drums to keyboards and synthesizers along with the vast range of accessories and the store is bound to be a huge attraction for aspiring musicians, hobbyists & music bands. With their strong presence and legacy in music instruments sales, and service, Yamaha Music India and Reynolds Inc have plans to take western music to the households across Bangalore.


Fortis Hospitals, Cunningham Road bags NABH Safe – I Certification

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Bengaluru, April 28, 2016: Fortis Hospitals, Cunningham Road, achieves yet another milestone by receiving the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) Safe-I certification.  NABH Safe – I certification program enables health care organizations in upgrading their infection control practices thereby ensuring quality care for their patients.

Mr. Ajay Shankar, Facility Director of Fortis Cunningham road said, “Fortis Hospitals has always ensured to provide quality services to the people. We are indeed glad to receive this certification which is a reward for the entire team who have always put in their best efforts to provide a safe, hygiene and secure environment at the hospital. This is an encouragement to our people and we will continue with our persistent efforts.”

Safe – I hospitals would ensure –    Injection safety,   Infusion Safety, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Workers Safety, Bio Medical Waste Management and Disinfection and Sterilization. The mandatory quality protocols which includes infection control program for patients’ safety, programs for safety of healthcare workers and processes that ensure no harmful waste is generated, was followed diligently by Fortis Hospitals to achieve this certification.

Also, the below criteria were fulfilled by Fortis Hospitals to bag the certification:

·         Implementation of HAI register

·         Introduction of Epinet form.

·         Regular Audit of biomedical segregation and storage area.

·         Streamlining the BMW management system and process.

·         Implementation of the cleaning checklist in all the area.

·         Improved the soiled linen area in IP & OP area.

·         Data collection and reporting to SAFE- I  board on all infection control parameters.

·         Displayed the posters of hand wash and precaution board in all patient care area

·         Training for all senior IP & OP, OT, ICU, Cathlab, Medical services as master trainer

·          80% training covered for all consultant for hand hygiene universal practices

·         Retrained & Sanitized the House keeping staff regarding the all relevant Safe- I module

·         Improved the internal auditing skills among the senior staffs

·         Displayed the Scope of services, Mission statement of the hospital  in OPD area


Inorbit Baccha Bollywood (5)

Star in a short film with Inorbit Baccha Bollywood

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DDLJ Baccha Bollywood Poster A4 Vashi

Bengaluru, April, 2016– “Nanhe munhe bachche teri mutthi mein kya hai?” as go one of the most popular lyrics for children songs. The answer to which can be a ticket to Baccha Bollywood.Following season 1’s immense success, Inorbit Mall presents Baccha Bollywood Season 2- a unique film making workshop for kids that will acquaint them with various aspects of film making right from acting to directing. Inorbit Baccha Bollywood is will be held in Inorbit cities Mumbai (Malad and Vashi), Cyberabad, Vadodara and Bangalore starting May 2nd, 2016.

Inorbit Baccha Bollywood will unravel the talent in your kid if he or she has an inclination to various aspects of film making. 100 aspiring students will undergo the versatile workshop that includes Acting, Script Writing, Dance, Music, Direction& Film Appreciation. While workshop is just one part of the whole program, Inorbit Baccha Bollywood has various highlights that make it an event your child can’t afford to miss. Few selected kids from the bunch of 100 would also get a chance to star in a short film that will ultimately be screened in multiplex and on You Tube exposing your child’s talent to the world at large

Inorbit Baccha Bollywood will function under two age groups broadly- the junior group from age 7 to 10 and the senior group from age 11 to 15 years. The workshop will have two sessions each every day. Workshop Dates for Malad and Vashiare 2nd May – 16th May and 4th to 18th May for Bangalore, Vadodara and Cyberabad. Season 2 brings in new set of trainers from the industry, use of modern techniques in workshop like visual aids, and age group wise batches will make the workshop extremely intriguing and beneficial.

Speaking about Inorbit Baccha Bollywood, Puneet Varma, Associate Vice President – Marketing & Corporate Communications, Inorbit Malls said, “Talent knows no age. It’s every parents dream to see their kids on the big screen. We bring the platform right up to them through Inorbit Baccha Bollywood. There is immense talent around and Inorbit Baccha Bollywood is our attempt to provide an opportunity to these kids Since Season 1 was a success so on popular demand we are bringing Season2  which promises to be bigger and better.

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Bchha bollywood a5 leaflet back Vadodar Banglore cyberabad

So Rush and enroll your child today. Registrations open at Inorbit Mall and

When:   May 4 – 18  2016

Age Group: 7-15 Years

Where: Inorbit Mall EPIP area Whitefield, Bengaluru

Contact: 9620722522

Team from RMK Engineering College Wins Synopsys India’s Custom Design Contest


BANGALORE, India, April 26, 2016   Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that Vinoth Rajendran and Balan Premkumar of the RMK Engineering College won first place in the Synopsys India Custom Design Contest. To participate in the contest, students used Synopsys’ analog/mixed-signal offering, including Galaxy Custom Designer® schematic editor, HSPICE® simulator, Custom WaveView™ analysis, IC Validator, and StarRC™ extraction tools to design a complete schematic, run simulations and create a DRC/LVS clean layout of a latched comparator, a basic element in analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). In addition to being challenged with a more complex design, this year’s competitors used a 32/28-nanometer process design kit (PDK), giving them experience designing at a more advanced technology node. Contest judging committee members selected the winners based on their designs’ functionality, efficiency and area, and on the teams’ ability to complete the design within the specified time frame.

“It’s an honor to win first place in a contest sponsored by Synopsys,” said Vinoth Rajendran, participant from the RMK Engineering College. “Participating in the contest was an incredible experience for my whole team. It combined the benefit of learning real-world skills with the fun of competition.”

“I was very impressed with the level of organization of Synopsys’ Custom Design Contest, including the easy access to design tools, and especially the support we received from the Synopsys contest organizers,” said Dr. S. Ramasamy, professor at RMK Engineering College. “The design specifications were very well defined, so the students could focus on enhancing the architecture and learning the best layout practices. These are skills they will be able to apply throughout their careers in the semiconductor industry.”

“With India’s growing number of IC design houses, it is more important than ever for the industry to have a well-trained engineering workforce ready to take on advanced IC designs,” said Uno Nellore, manager in Technical Support and Training at Synopsys India. “By making our broad range of solutions accessible to universities and supporting hands-on programs like the Synopsys India Custom Design Contest, we are helping create a pool of well-trained engineers with industry-ready skills.”

The Synopsys India Custom Design Contest is one of many projects supported by Synopsys Worldwide University Programs. Through our academic programs we aim to inspire and foster the world’s next generation of technologists and innovators by providing academic and research institutions with access to Synopsys design tools and technology needed to prepare well-educated students who can meet difficult challenges ranging from microelectronic and optical design, to software quality and security. Synopsys software is used by thousands of students and professors across the globe every year. Benefits of membership in the Synopsys University Program includes access to design tools, technical support, training, curriculum and more. For more information, visit

Maui Jim’s First Magnesium Frame Sunglasses Pohaku: A New Unisex Sunglasses for Elegant & Graceful Style Lovers

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New Delhi, April 2016: For sunglasses lovers with a cultivated and discerning taste, leading polarized sunglass maker Maui Jim brings a new summer offering in Pohaku, its first magnesium frame pair of eye wears that are both elegant and highly comfortable.

Inspired by traditional stones of Hawaii called Pokahu which are very cherished and sacred, Pohaku is designed with a hard yet lightweight magnesium frame – the first in Maui Jim’s sunglass assortment. The magnesium material symbolizes the strength of solid Pokahu stones.

Available in matte colors, with sober and elegant styling, Pohaku is a perfect pick for sunglass lovers who love to make a style statement but do not like overplaying it; for the more discerning customer who prefers graceful over glossy, and subdued over over-the-top.

It’s refined rectangular shaped frame best complements round, oval or heart face shapes and gives the pair a unisex appeal.

All Maui Jim sunglasses have been recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin.

Magnesium makes for a super-lightweight material which is at the same time strong, durable and hypoallergenic. The sunglass magnesium front is accompanied with thin injected nylon temples in this product.

The lightweight frame makes it a perfect eye wear for long duration wearing which is crucial in the months of the harsh summer sun.

“Pohaku is our first magnesium frame which offers a new experience to the consumers. It is extremely light weight yet solid in strength with high performance optics that offers wearers style, extreme comfort and outstanding clarity. The sunglass has been designed keeping in mind consumers who love elegant and underplayed designs,” said I Rahumathullah, Managing Director, Maui Jim India.  

The sunglass design is available in three matte color combinations: matte black frame with neutral grey lens; matte brown frame with HCL Bronze lens; and matte blue frame with Maui Rose lens.

The lightweight frame makes it a perfect eye wear for long duration wearing which is crucial in the months of the harsh summer sun. So, if you are planning a long summer vacation, make sure this lightweight and wonderfully elegant sunglass is part of the accessories you pack. Yet, the design is also perfectly suited for formal settings such as official outdoor gatherings.

Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2® lenses wipe out 99.9 percent of glare, manage 95 percent of HEV and block 100 percent of harmful UV while boosting color to unmatched levels. Maui Jim’s optically correct, distortion-free lenses feature patented lens treatments or rare earth elements. So instead of dimming the light, color and clarity are enhanced using natural light.

Proper UV protection is critical, as ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer. About 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s UV rays.

Fit: (eye) 62, (bridge) 15, (temple) 135, 8-base curve

Bengaluru take on Lao Toyota with an eye on last-16


Westwood Says Win On Wednesday Is Vital As Blues Look To Build On League Triumph

26th April, 2016, Bengaluru: With their I-League supremacy confirmed, Bengaluru FC will shift all focus to what is a very crucial AFC Cup fixture when the Indian Champions host Lao Toyota FC from Laos, at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday. The Blues, after four rounds and with six points, are second in Group H that has Cup holders Johor Darul Ta’zim in pole position (12 points). And a win against Lao could take Ashley Westwood’s side on the brink of the knock-out stages for a second successive season.
“We are looking forward to the game tomorrow. We are champions of the I-league and are looking to back up our good show by doing well tomorrow. We have players that are fresh and hungry and are looking forward to the game. It’s pretty vital that we get three points given our last game is against Johor who are the strongest team in the competition, never mind the group,” said Westwood who was named ‘Coach of the Year’ at the Football Player’s Association of India Awards, on Monday evening.
The Blues had a rather frustrating outing in Laos where they conceded early and then missed a flurry of chances in the last quarter of the game before going down 2-1. But Westwood’s side will be keen to make amends at home. “In the away leg, we made a very early mistake. We tried to play football soon after but went down 2-0 owing to a mistake again. When we did score, it was too little too late. We played fairly well but maybe didn’t deserve a win,” said Westwood.
The Englishman rested a big number of his regular starters for the inconsequential last game of the I-League against Mohun Bagan with an eye on the Lao fixture. Sunil Chhetri, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Kim Song Yong, John Johnson, Michael Collins and Udanta Singh had no part to play in the game at Siliguri while Rino Anto came on as a second half substitute. “We rested players for the game against Bagan with a reason. We want to win and will have to play our best team tomorrow.”
Lao’s only victory in the campaign came against Bengaluru after which they suffered a defeat to Ayeyawady United FC followed by defeats in both legs against Johor. But while Westwood said the Blues’ rivals were a ‘well balanced team with good foreigners and a bit of pace’, his team would be focusing on their business with an eye on getting the job done.
Bengaluru FC defender Rino Anto in training at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Bengaluru FC midfielder Michael Collins in training at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Bengaluru FC players in training at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Bengaluru FC striker CK Vineeth in training at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

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