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Govt. has Proposed Advanced Centre for Diabetic Care in Bangalore

Diabetic Care
Mangalore: Medical Education Minister Dr V S Acharya has announced that an advanced centre for diabetic care and research has been proposed by government, to be established with an estimated cost of Rs. 6 crore in Bangalore.

One of the diabetic center’s divisional headquarters would be opened in Mangalore as well. In this regard the cabinet decision was taken on September 4. The announcement was made by Acharya after launching Super Speciality Centres at the Yenepoya.


Biocon to Carry on Tests after favorable Results for Oral Insulin Product

Insulin BioconBangalore: Biocon Ltd has displayed the outcomes of phase-I studies on its oral insulin product, IN-105, at the European Association for Study of Diabetes conference held in Amsterdam on Friday.


India's big three will be targetted: Ricky Ponting

Bangalore, Sept.27 : Australian captain Ricky Ponting today said that India's cricketing big guns Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly would be targetted by his team during the forthcoming seven one-day internationals in India, beginning with Saturday's one-dayer in Bangalore.

Addressing a press conference here, Ponting said that the Kangaroos were well aware of the "strengths and weaknesses" of Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly, and as far the rest were concerned, they would be sorted out.


Bangalore ODI: Tight security at Chinnaswamy Stadium

Bangalore, Sept. 29 : Tight security arrangements have been made around the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, where first of the seven one-day internationals between India and Australia is being played today.

"We have also ensured that this time we will not have paper badges. We have security and electronic bands which are given to the security staff who are in the stadium apart from the policemen," said B.N.S. Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bangalore.


We’re Ready To Beat Aussies Once Again, Says M.S. Dhoni

Bangalore: A positive India Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Friday sated that the Twenty20 World Cup victory was the past thing, and the Indian group was now all set to play some tough match against Australians.


Karnataka crisis: BJP ministers resign en masse

Bangalore, Oct 2: All the BJP ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, today handed over their resignation from the JD (S)-led coalition Government in the State to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

The BJP's decision to resign en masse from the Kumaraswamy Cabinet comes after the talks between the BJP and the JD (S) failed on the power transfer issue.

According to the pact reached between the two parties twenty months ago, the JD (S) is supposed to transfer the office of Chief Minister to the BJP on October 3.


Art of Living foundation comes forward to fight poverty

Bangalore, Oct 18 : A five-kilometre long human chain formed symbolically to eradicate poverty is one more initiative by Guru Shri Shri Ravishankar at the Art of Living Center on the outskirts of Bangalore.

The spiritual Guru led the huge gathering on Wednesday to pledge to eradicate poverty from the planet.

“It was collective responsibility of humanity to drive away poverty which calls for a united effort in this direction,” said Ravishankar.

A joint initiative of Art of Living and United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) will mobilise over four million people across the globe to support UNMC’s ‘Stand Up and Speak Out’ against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


First international low cost airline to fly from Bangalore

Air Arabia
Bangalore, Oct 19 : Air Arabia, the first and largest low cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa has announced that it will start daily flights to Bangalore from October 28.

It had commenced services on the Bangalore-Sharjah route from October 15 with a four weekly flights which will now increase to daily services.

Bangalore is Air Arabia's ninth destination in India and the eleventh in South Asia. With daily flights between Sharjah and UAE now exceed 55 weekly flights.


Bangalore doctors successfully complete 40-hour-long surgery on child

Bangalore, Nov 7 : Lakshmi, a two-year-old girl with eight limbs, has successfully come out of a 40-hour long complicated surgery that separated her from her 'parasitic conjoined twin'.

A team of over 30 neurosurgeons successfully operated on Lakshmi's fused spine.

"The surgery has been successful and Lakshmi is stable," said a doctor at the Sparsh Hospital here.

Lakshmi, who is presently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, is under observation for a few more days.

Her parents are being provided with updates and do hope their daughter will lead a normal life like other children.


Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Task Force meeting today

Bangalore, Nov 12: The Fourth Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Task Force (REDGTF) meeting of Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development on Climate (APPCDC) will begin here today.

The meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

During the five-day meeting, field visits to the premises of Indian Institute of Science and TATA BP Solar will also be organised.

India’s hosting of this event reflects its keen interest to foster active cooperation with the other member countries in new and renewable energy technologies.


Yeddiyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister

Bangalore, Nov 12: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B. S. Yeddiyurappa was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

BJP legislators Jagadish Shettar, V S Acharya, Govinda Karajol and R Ashok were also sworn-in as ministers.

Ministers belonging to the JD-S -- 18 in all, including Deputy Chief Minister -- will take oath at one go after the Government wins a vote of confidence on November 15.

The Ministry will be expanded after the combine proves its majority on the floor of the assembly.

The installation of the new government puts an end to more than a month-long suspense over the future of governance in the state.


Karnataka Governor asks BJP-JD (S) coalition to prove majority by Nov 20

Bangalore, Nov 13: Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today asked Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa to prove his majority on the floor of the State Assembly by November 20.

This deadline is three days before the date for the floor test sought by Yeddiyurappa.

After chairing his maiden cabinet meeting, Yeddiyurappa said that a decision had been taken to request the Governor to convene a one-day special session of the Assembly on November 23 to enable the government to prove its majority.

Yeddiyurappa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Monday.

BJP legislators Jagadish Shettar, V S Acharya, Govinda Karajol and R Ashok were also sworn-in as ministers.


Lakshmi makes first public appearance after rare surgery

Bangalore, Nov 13: Lakshmi, a two-year-old girl, who underwent a surgery to separate her 'parasitic conjoined twin', today made her first public appearance after undergoing the surgery, indicating speedy recovery.

Lakshmi has been shifted to general ward from the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), where she was kept since the 27-hour marathon surgery that concluded successfully on November 7.

A team of around 30 medics removed what amounted to Lakshmi Tatma's headless identical twin sister who was joined at the pelvis and who did not develop and separate properly in the womb -- an extremely rare case, in a risky operation that began on Tuesday.


US-based advanced technology companies to invest in India

Bangalore, Nov. 14 : A delegation of senior executives from Montgomery County-based advanced technology firms visited Bangalore on Wednesday, on a business mission to explore opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships with dynamic India-based advanced technology companies.

Pradeep Ganguly, Director of Department of Economic Development, who is leading the delegation of 20 members, said that the main objective of the delegation was to inform Indian companies involved with biotech and information technology about the vast opportunities in Montgomery County and help them establish their contacts in North America.


Karnataka Chief Minister meets Lakshmi

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. YeddyurappaBangalore, Nov 15: Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa met Lakshmi on Wednesday evening, days after she underwent a surgery to separate her 'parasitic conjoined twin'.

Yeddyurappa presented Lakshmi’s father with a cheque of 100,000 rupees and applauded the doctors' efforts.

"Congratulations to Dr. Sharan Patil and his team of doctors for this humanitarian act. Baby Lakshmi is back to normal and it's a sort of rebirth. Sparsh Hospital, Dr. Sharan Patil and his dedicated team of doctors have done the state, the country, and also Bangalore city proud, " he said.


JD-S and BJP to ink pact for running of Karnataka Government and coalition

Bangalore, Nov. 15: In what could be a first in Indian politics, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal-Secular in Karnataka are likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will outline guidelines for the sharing of power and for smooth running of a government.

According to a website report, the inking of the MoU has been mooted by the Janata Dal (Secular) to neutralise the BJP from hijacking the policies of the coalition that has been in existence for 20 months prior to the resignation of the Kumaraswamy ministry last month.

The signing of the pact is expected to take place on November 18, a day before Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa seeks a vote of confidence for his coalition government on the floor of the State Assembly.


Karnataka assembly likely to be dissolved today

Bangalore, Nov 27: The Karnataka Assembly is likely to be dissolved today as the Parliament has adopted resolution on imposing President's rule in the state.

The proclamation of bringing Karnataka under President's rule and keeping the Assembly under suspended animation to pave the way for dissolution of the House and fresh elections was moved by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in the Lok Sabha yesterday, which was passed by a voice vote.

On November 20, President's rule was imposed in the State by the Union Cabinet for the second time in less than two months. The decision was taken following Governor Rameshwar Thakur's report in the wake of resignation of BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa from the post of chief ministership.


Seven killed in Bangalore building collapse

Bangalore building collapseBangalore, Dec 12: At least seven people were killed and eighteen injured when a balcony of an old residential building collapsed here late on Tuesday night.

The Bangalore city corporation building, which was said to be very old, is located at Nehrupura in the city’s Bharathi Nagar area.

The tragedy took place when a large number of people gathered here to participate in a function at a flat in the second floor, the police said.

According to sources, the flat is belonged to Harron Basha, a fruit merchant where his daughter’s engagement was going on when tragedy took place.


Mysore, Udupi, Hadagali Mallige flowers patented

Mysooru Mallige

Bangalore, Jan.2 : To protect the three local rare
and unique flower species--Mysore Mallige (Jasmine), Udupi Mallige, and
Hadagali Mallige—of Karnataka have been patented.

The GI (Geographical Indication) status has provided
excusive rights to the local community to cultivate these three crops
and continue to grow for 10 years and more.

All the three flowers are household names in Karnataka
and known around the world. The new status helps protect its
commercial interest too.


Decision of Haneef's return to Australia rests on his family

Bangalore, Jan 5 : Mohammed Haneef,Australia the Indian doctor who was cleared of all the terror charges by Australian courts after being detained in connection with the aborted UK bomb attack, has said that he may not return to Melbourne, where he was employed before being arrested, since his family members are not in its favour.


Karnataka to cross Rs 70000 crore in IT export

Information TechnologyBangalore, Jan 7: In a significant development the Information Technology exports for the year 2007-2008 the software exports from Bangalore are expected to cross rupees 70000 crores compared to rupees 49000 crores last year. Software exports are expected to cross rupees 8500 crores compared to rupees 4500 crores last year. alking to ANI in an exclusive interview the Information and Bio Technology Secretary MN Vidhyashankar has said Karnataka will cross rupees 100 thousand crores by
2011.


Jumbo Circus hits Bangalore after six years

Jumbo CircusBangalore, Jan 11: The Jumbo Circus, one of the oldest remaining circuses in India, has organised its show in Bangalore after six years.

With 350 staff and 120 artists, the main attractions of the circus were the Russian artists.

The performances by the Russian team included lasso by Natasha and hula-hoop by Razina. The other highlights were the “Globe of Death” by three men and women involving stunts on motorcycles horizontally and vertically.


A banyan tree with 600 bee colonies

Bee ColoniesBangalore, Jan 19: A million bees have colonized in a single banyan tree here.

The tree has the world’s largest number of beehives -- as many as 600.

It has become a centre of attraction for the curious onlookers at Ramagovindapura village near Nandagudi, where Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been proposed.

The 200-years-old tree is a vital proof for social and environmental activists, who are against the setting up of SEZs fearing that such zones might disturb the ecological balance.


Over 1, 000 techies run for better infrastructure in Bangalore

Bangalore, Jan 27: Over 1, 000 techies run for better infrastructure in BangaloreDemanding a better infrastructure for IT hub Bangalore, over 1,000 techies took out a 'run' on the Republic Day to register their voice against the attitude of district authorities towards the city’s bad infrastructure.

Braving the morning chill, the techies took part in the corporate run that was organized by the Electronic City Industries Association (ECIA) and flagged off by Lead India finalist R K Misra.


Terrorists admit planning to attack Bangalore airport

Terrorists admit planning to attack Bangalore airportBangalore, Jan 28: Two persons, who were arrested by Karnataka Police for having alleged links with terrorist organisations, have revealed that they were planning to attack the Hubli Airport in Bangalore.

According to the police, the duo - a cook and a medical student - Mohammad Ghouse and his friend Assadullah Abbubukar were having links with Pakistan-based terror organisation.

The police also came to know that Ghouse's father Naseeruddin Mohammad is a Lashkar e Toiba (LeT) operative and has received training in Pakistan.


Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) Venture invests in Mysore’s Vikram Hospital

Bangalore,ICICI Head Quarter Jan 31- ICICI Venture has announced an equity investment of around Rs 96 crore ($24 million) in Vikram Hospital, Mysore through its healthcare SPV, IVEN Medicare India Pvt Ltd.

IVEN gets a substantial stake in the family-owned hospital; the investment will enable the hospital group to expand across Karnataka and set up secondary and tertiary care hospitals, according to Mr Aluri Srinivasa Rao, Director-Investments, ICICI Venture, and the hospital’s Managing Director, Dr S. Vikram.


HIV patients in India do not get dementia, says Bangalore scientist

Bangalore, Jan.31 : Studies conducted by Dr. Ranga Uday Kumar, a scientist from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), here have revealed that HIV patients in India do not suffer from dementia due to  genetics.

The  observations made by  Uday Kumar and his team will soon be published in reputed international medical and research journals.

In an exclusive interview to Asian News International on Monday, Dr Kumar said that the HIV viruses are classified into various sub-types. The virus found in Indians is of sub-type C.


President Patil to arrive in Bangalore today

Bangalore, Feb 1: President Pratibha PatilPresident Pratibha Patil will arrive here this afternoon on a three-day visit to attend the valedictory anniversary function of Bangalore Mediation Centre.

Bangalore Mediation Centre is an alternative dispute resolution wing set up by the Karnataka High Court.

On Saturday, she will formally flag off the luxury train 'Golden Chariot'. The 'Golden Chariot' will start from Bangalore and cover Mysore, Kabini, Hassan, Belur, Shravanabelagola, Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami and Goa.


President Patil arrives on a three-day visit to Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb. 1:President Patil visit to Karnataka President Pratibha Patil arrived in Bangalore on Friday afternoon on a three-day visit to Karnataka.

She was received by Governor Rameshwar Thakur and senior officials of the state and was given a ceremonial guard of honour by the three armed forces at the airport.

Patil is here to attend the valedictory anniversary function of Bangalore Mediation Centre.

Bangalore Mediation Centre is an alternative dispute resolution wing set up by the Karnataka High Court.


Karnataka gets its first luxury train “Golden Chariot”

Karnataka gets its first luxury train “Golden Chariot”Bangalore, Feb 2: Underscoring the need to encourage domestic tourism and enhance the flow of tourists to India, President Pratibha Patil on Saturday flagged off Karnataka’s first luxury train, "Golden Chariot" here.

“By promoting tourism to these great historical and cultural sites, we will be giving the world the chance to see the greatness and glory achieved during their (Vijayanagar Empire) reign,” President Patil said at the flag-off of the luxury train.


India is ready to induct Akash surface to air missile

Akash MissileBangalore/Coimbatore, Feb 9 (ANI): The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has said that the indigenously built surface-to-air Akash missile is ready for induction.

Addressing a news conference here, Chief Controller (R and D), Dr. Prahlada said: “We are ready for induction. There are many countries which have contacted us…we will go ahead. It's a unique missile because there is no missile which they make to meet India’s requirement”.


AK Antony to visit DRDO labs in Bangalore today

Defence Minister AK AntonyBangalore, Feb 12: Defence Minister AK Antony will visit Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratories here today.

During his day-long visit, Antony will visit the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE).

At the ADA, Antony will hold discussions with senior officials and is expected to take a look at the System Design and Evaluation Facility, Weapons Rig and an exhibition.


Exhibition of Scottish art in Bangalore

Exhibition of Scottish art in BangaloreBangalore, Feb 13 Scottish artist Marianne Greated exhibition of paintings ‘Sonitus’ is on display at Venkatappa Art Gallery here.

Marrianne a graduate from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland has given a very interesting name to her exhibition ‘Sonitus’, which means sound in latin as her exhibition reflects how sounds affect environment.

Increasing sound levels in the environment are an inevitable result of technological advances especially relevant in cities like Bangalore.


Wipro to design semiconductor for NEC

Bangalore, Feb 13 : Wipro technologies, the global IT services division of Wipro, has inked an agreement with Japanese electronics giant, NEC Electronics Corporation to provide semiconductor design services.

Addressing a joint press conference here today, NEC Electronics President and CEO, Toshio Nakajima said the company is keen on partnering more Indian companies specialising in semiconductor design services.

"We are engaging two more companies - iWave Systems and GDA Technologies - for other services. We already have a partnership with KPIT Cummins," he added.

Talking to media, Vasudevan of Wipro Technologies has said it boosts Wipro's front end and back end design services.


Pro Kannada activists ransack railway stations, reservation centres in Bangalore

Union Minister Laloo Parshad YadevBangalore, Feb 15: A pro Kannada organisation demanding jobs for locals in the South Western Railways from Union Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Thursday, ransacked reservation centres at the Cantonment and Yeshwantpur Railway Stations in the city, besides other places.

They also damaged property at the Kendriya Sadan in the Koramangala area of the city.


AEC chief Kakodkar confident of clinching nuke deal with US

Bangalore, Feb 19: Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil KakodkarAtomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar has expressed confidence about clinching the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

Addressing a training programme of officers of the Department of Science and Technology here on Monday, Kakodkar said: "These are all complex issues and we have to deal with them one by one. So it takes time. But it is moving forward. So, we hope to do it as soon as possible."


Supreme Court allows prosecution of Nasscom Chief Som Mittal

Nasscom Chief Som MittalBangalore, Feb 21: The Supreme Court today gave its nod to prosecute Nasscom Chief Som Mittal, for not providing enough security to a woman employee who was murdered three years ago.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan heard the case.

According to sources, Mittal's plea was dismissed by the apex court, which ruled that company chiefs were responsible for employee security.

Mittal has been charged under Sections 25 and 30(3) of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act 1961.


World's smallest Personal Computer unveiled

Smallest Personal ComputerBangalore, Feb 21: Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific, Japanese IT and communications solution provider, unveiled world's thinnest Ultra Mobile PC, Fujitsu Lifebook U1010s recently in Bangalore.

Addressing the mediapersons here, the Associated Director of Fujitsu, Ivan Kam informed that the ultra mobile pc weighing 63 grams with 3.5 G mobile broadband is the thinnest in the world.


Bangalore Police gets police remand of suspected ‘techie’ terrorist till March 6

Bangalore PoliceBangalore, Feb 23: Yahya Iyash Kamkutty, the alleged terrorist who was arrested from Bangalore, was on Saturday sent to the police custody till March 6.

According to sources, Kamkutty is expected to undergo polygraph tests, brain mapping and narco-analysis.

Bangalore Police believes that 32-year-old Kamkutty may hold the key to cracking a dangerous terror network.

Kamkutty, who is an electrical engineer was once employed at General Electrical (GE) and is suspected to be an active member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).


Kannada activists protest against Lalu Prasad

Kannada activists protest against Lalu PrasadBangalore, Feb 24: Scores of activists of Kannada Gadi Rakshana Vedike (Kannada Border Protection Forum) led by former Karnataka MLA Vatal Nagaraj on Sunday protested against an alleged remark made by Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav over Kannada people.

Condemning Lalu’s alleged remark that Kannada people were “dirty”, Nagaraj demanded greater share for the state in the forthcoming railway budget.


US travel management firm expands into India

Bangalore, Feb. 27: Management Alternatives, Inc. (MAI), the business travel expense management consulting firm "servicing only the buyer", which is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, has announced a tie-up with the Bangalore headquartered ProKonsul from expanding its operations into India.


Call centre employee murdered in Bangalore

Call centre employee murdered in BangaloreBangalore, Feb 29: The Bangalore Police has said that a call centre employee was stabbed to death after a group of people picked up a fight with him over a "trivial" issue outside a tea shop.

A member of the group stabbed 27-year-old Shashidhar, who was returning home after duty, near Bannerghatta road at around 1.30 a. m. on Thursday night, police said.

Shashidhar hails from Andhra Pradesh's Hindupur. The issue over which tempers ran high was not known immediately though police said it was trivial matter. (ANI)


Election Commission to arrive in Bangalore today

Bangalore, Mar 3: Chief Election Commissioner N. GopalaswamiChief Election Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami alongwith two Election Commissioners Dr. S Y Qureshi and Navin Chawla will arrive here today to review preparations of electoral rolls.

On Tuesday, the team will meet Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Rama Seshan, Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and the state’s top officials. Besides reviewing electoral rolls revision, they will also evaluate redrawing of constituencies.

According to the delimitation commissions report, redrawing of constituencies has been completed in Haveri, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts.


All party Karnataka leaders to meet EC today in Bangalore

Chief Election Commissioner N. GopalaswamiBangalore, Mar 4: A full bench of the Election Commission (EC) comprising Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and the two Election Commissioners will meet top Karnataka leaders from various political parties here today to hear their views on the timing of state assembly polls.

Major political parties are divided over the timing of the elections, even as the state is put under President’s Rule.

The BJP and JD (S) are likely to submit memorandums to the EC bench urging it not to delay the polls beyond May.


Organic farming makes a good start in Bangalore

Organic farming makes a good start in BangaloreBangalore, Mar 6 : They believe, natural way of living and healthy food habits are mantra to sustain health of the society. They promote natural and organic foods as a mission and passion.

Aparna Kumar, a bio technologist and Vidya Sadanad a psychiatrist at JP Nagar in Bangalore are trying to encourage the principles of organic agriculture by silent revolution. To bridge the gap between organic farmers and the consumers, they go out and campaign against packed food and junk food. Profit is not their motto.


Wipro launches “WoW” initiative on International Women’s Day

Bangalore, Mar 8: WiproIts time for yet another “WoW”, from Wipro, through its launch of its Women of Wipro (WoW) initiative, coinciding with the international Women’s Day.

Wipro honoured its women workforce with the title of ‘Green Ambassadors’ besides felicitating women achievers.

The WoW initiative has been launched as a chapter of the Wipro’s Diversity Council, as the company’s Green Ambassadors will influence a change in the environment by undertaking various projects that emphasize on the aspect of ‘Green’.

The initiative will be driven by the Green Ambassadors at a personal level.


Foreign medical degrees are legal and recognised in India: Ramdoss

Foreign medical degrees are legal and recognised in India: RamdossBangalore, Mar 15 : The Union government has officially announced that a foreign postgraduate degree in medicine is legal and recognized. The Indian doctors having their post graduate degrees in medicine from UK, US, Canada, England and New Zealand are allowed to practice in India.

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss today said that the union government took a unilateral decision to recognize foreign degrees in medicine allowing Indian origin people to practice in India.


Youngest film director from India gets accolades in international film festivals

Bangalore, Mar 23 : An Indian boy who is also the world's youngest director of a professional feature film wins international accolade for his film on street children.

Kishan, who holds a Guinness world record for being the youngest director, is now winning himself international reorganisation worldwide as his feature film 'Care of Footpath' bags three awards at the recent Cairo International Film Festival.

The film won the Children's Jury Award, the Special International Jury's Award and a third award which was earlier given to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.


IIM-B Hikes Annual Fees From Rs 2.5 Lakh To Rs 4 Lakh

An ambitious and aspiring young person, who dreams of getting admission IIM Bangaloreinto the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B), is in a rude shock.

The Institute has hiked its fee from the existing Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh for fiscal 2008-2009.

Under the new fee structure, students who will be going into the second year will have to pay a fee of Rs 5 lakh.

The decision to hike the fee was approved by the IIM-B Board meeting chaired by its Chairman Mukesh Ambani.

The rise in fee makes IIM-B the most expensive B-school in the country.


Only poor can understand poverty in true sense: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul GandhiBangalore, Mar 29 : On the final day of his five-day tour of Karnataka, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said that he was sensitive towards poverty, saying that to fully understand it one has to be poor.

"I'm sensitive to poverty. I try and understand poverty. But to fully understand poverty, you have to face poverty," Rahul Gandhi told a press conference here.

It may be recalled that during his entire Orissa and Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi has visited tribals, dalits and people from the poor section of the society to understand the problem of poverty.


Karnataka completes electoral roll as per newly mapped Assembly constituencies

Karnataka completes electoral roll as per newly mapped Assembly constituenciesBangalore, Mar 30: Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Ramseshan has said that the State Election Commission (SEC) has completed electoral roll according to the newly delimited Assembly constituencies.

Ramseshan said that this daunting task for all the 224 Assembly constituencies was completed in record time in three stages, thus making Karnataka the first state in the country to have completed the voters' list according to newly demarcated constituencies.


Bangalore becoming the suicide capital of India

Bangalore, Apr 3: BangaloreKnown as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is no exception to the ravages of urbanization.

The fast track city averages almost 2000 suicide deaths annually, topping the list in the country.

Consultant neuro-psychiatrist at the Apollo Hospital in Bangalore, Dr Sudhir Hebbar, blames changing lifestyles and urbanization for the increase in the number of suicides in Bangalore.

According to statistics available with the city’s crime bureau, over 7840 people (4845 male and 2995 female) in the age group of 15 to
35 committed suicide in Bangalore between 2004 and 2008.


Deccan, ICICI Lombard join forces to offer travel insurance

Bangalore, Apr. 3: ICICI LambardDeccan, India’s most preferred low cost carrier and ICICI Lombard General Insurance have joined forces to launch a unique flight and domestic travel insurance which offers security against possible vacation or travel loss.

The domestic travel insurance, covering accidental medical expense, possible loss from ticket cancellation and lost and delayed baggage, costs Rs 99/- per person. The insurance policy available from April 1, 2008 and can be purchased on the Deccan website
(www. airdeccan. net) simultaneously while booking flight tickets.


Deccan, ICICI Lombard join forces to offer travel insurance

Bangalore, Apr. 3 : Deccan, India’s most preferred low cost carrier and ICICI Lombard General Insurance have joined forces to launch a unique flight and domestic travel insurance which offers security against possible vacation or travel loss.

The domestic travel insurance, covering accidental medical expense, possible loss from ticket cancellation and lost and delayed baggage, costs Rs 99/- per person. The insurance policy available from April 1, 2008 and can be purchased on the Deccan website (www. airdeccan. net) simultaneously while booking flight tickets.


CEC urges Karnataka political parties to go for eco-friendly poll campaign

Chief Election Commissioner N GopalaswamyBangalore, Apr 5: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy on Saturday appealed to the political parties in Karnataka to use eco-friendly materials while campaigning for the forthcoming State Assembly election.

Gopalaswamy told reporters that he has sought cooperation of all parties in avoiding plastic materials during the Assembly election campaigns.

In the meeting with political parties yesterday, the CEC observed that, the main concern of parties was bar on use of banners and bunting as per the provisions of Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act 1981.


United Breweries fixes rights issue at Rs 177 per share in the ratio of 1:9

United Breweries Ltd. (UB), Country’s biggest bear maker, has informed that its Board of Directors has fixed the price for the rights issue at Rs 177 per share.

The ratio of entitlement will be one equity share for every 9 equity shares held on the Record Date.

The company has fixed April 21 as the record date for determination of entitlement for issue of equity shares on "rights" basis.

Bangalore-based, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited operates in brewing, distilling, real estate, engineering, fertilizers, biotechnology, information technology, and aviation businesses in India. The company also operates commercial airline in India under the ‘Kingfisher’ brand.


Election Commission team to arrive in Karnataka today

Election Commission team to arrive in Karnataka todayBangalore, Apr 8: An Election Commission team, including three Deputy Election Commissioners, will reach Karnataka today to review preparations for the ensuing Karnataka Assembly elections.

During their visit, EC officials will undertake district-wise review of 89 constituencies going for polls on May 10. The polling will be also held on 16 and 22. The counting of votes will take place on May 25.


Hogenakkal absolutely the decision of Karunanidhi: Moily

M Veerappa Moily & M KarunanidhiBangalore, Apr 9: Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had solely decided to put the Hogenakkal project on hold.

Moily said, “Karunanidhi feels that there is no popular government in Karnataka to resolve the issue. It was Congress President Sonia Gandhi who requested him to defer the project.”


Tandberg Opens Its First Indian R&D facility In Bangalore

With an aim to tap the Indian engineering talent, Norwegian company Tandberg, a global provider of telepresence, high definition videoconferencing and mobile video solutions, has made announcement about the opening of its first research and development (R&D) technology center in Bangalore.

The company’s new R&D centre at Bangalore would be its fourth facility all through the world, with the others operating in Oslo, London and New Zealand.
 
Mr. Pradeep Bardia, a veteran in the semiconductor industry, has been nominated as Director of the operations, whereas Lars Erik Mobaek, director of technology as R&D activities head.


Opto Circuits completes acquisition of US-based Criticare System

Opto Circuits India Ltd has informed that the company has successfully completed acquisition of Wisconsin based Criticare Systems Inc. ("Criticare"). Criticare Systems, Inc. will now onwards be a wholly owned subsidiary company of Opto Circuits India Ltd.

The acquisition has given access to the expanded product line and technology offered by Criticare Systems, which will allow Opto Circuits to enter new markets and compete more effectively with leading manufacturers of Vital Sign Monitors, Anesthesia Monitors, pulse Oximeters and Patient Monitors and accessories.


Allied Digital acquires 50% stake of Digicomp Complete Solutions

Allied Digital Services, an IT infrastructure management services provider, has informed that the company has completed acquisition of 51.05% of equity shares in Bangalore-based IT solutions and maintenance company, Digicomp Complete Solutions Pvt. Ltd by signing the Share Purchase Cum Share Subscription and Shareholder's Agreement.

Further the Company has stated that, Mr. Nitin D Shah, (Chairman and Managing Director) of the Company, Mr. Prakash D Shah (Whole time Director and CFO) of the Company and Mr. Manoj R Shah (Whole Time Director and CIO) of the Company have been appointed as additional directors on the Board of Digicomp Complete Solutions Pvt. Ltd as nominees of the company.


Toyota Motors to pump Rs 1400 crore for the setup of new facility in India

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will launch a small car in the Indian market and will invest Rs 1400 crore ($ 350 million) for a new factory that will come up in Bangalore by 2010.

The company will build a second plant on the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited (TKM), its automobile production base in India.

Toyota is present in India through Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM), which is a joint venture company established on the outskirts of Bangalore in October 1997 by TMC and the Kirloskar Group.

Currently, TKM produces the Corolla and the IMV series Innova minivan, with annual production in 2007 of 52,000 vehicles (an increase of 18% year-on-year).


Sonata Software plans to invest Rs 20 crore for the set up of new facility in Bangalore

Sonata Software plans to set up a fourth facility in the Global Village Special Economic Zone at Bangalore at an investment of Rs 20 crore.

The new facility is envisaged to be expanded in phases, initially from 20,000 sq ft to a fully developed facility of 1,00,000 sq ft and would house additional 800 employees.

The company already has three facilities at Bangalore, with a combined area of 1,24,000 square feet, seating 1200 employees.

In a separate release, the company has informed that a meeting of its board of directors will be held on April 17, 2008 to consider and recommend the final dividend for the financial year 2007-08.


Sabeel Ahmed’s mother claims, he is innocent

Sabeel Ahmed and his mother Zakia-AhmedBangalore, Apr 12: The mother of Sabeel Ahmed, the Indian doctor who was sentenced for his alleged involvement in terror plots in London and Glasgow last year, says her son is innocent.

Sabeel Ahmed has been sentenced to an 18-month jail term by the Central Criminal Court in London for withholding information about planned car bomb attacks in Central London and at Glasgow Airport.

Sabeel, 26, has already spent 270 days in custody. He has pleaded guilty and signed a document stating that he would return to India voluntarily.


Toyota to launch small car by year 2010; will set up new plant in Bangalore

Toyota plans small car by 2010

Indian consumers will have more choice in small car segment with auto major Toyota announcing the expected launch of their small car by year 2010. Top officials at Toyota recently said that the small car will make its debut in India very soon.

Toyota manufactures Innova and Corolla at its present facility in Bangalore. The company imports Luxury Sedan Toyota Camry and SUV Prado for Indian markets.


Free heart treatment for kids at Sri Sathya Sai Institute in Bangalore

Free heart treatment for kids at Sri Sathya Sai Institute in BangaloreBangalore, April 15: To bring an everlasting smile on children needing heart treatment, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute Higher Medical Sciences is offering free heart surgery here.

The free service will enable the needy parents to have their kids treated without being worried about the cost.

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute Higher Medical Sciences is located in E. P. I. P. Area, White Field, Bangalore.


EC notification for first phase of Karnataka Assembly polls

Bangalore, Apr 16:Elections The Election Commission today issued a notification for the first phase of the three-phased Karnataka Assembly elections.

Eighty nine Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts of Tumkur, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagar, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysore and Chamarajnagar will go to polls on May 10.

Nomination papers can be submitted till April 23 and will be scrutinized on April 26.

The notification for the second phase of polls, fixed for May 16, and for the third phase scheduled to be held on May 22, will be issued on April 16 and April 26 respectively.


EC to issue notification for second phase of Karnataka polls today

Karnataka pollsBangalore, Apr 22: The Election Commission will issue the notification for the second phase of the three-phased Karnataka Assembly elections today.

A total of 66 Assembly constituencies in 10 districts will face the ballot in this phase on May 16. The last date for filing nominations is April 29.

The Congress, the BJP and the JD (S) have already announced their candidates for the first phase, which is scheduled to be held on May 10. As many as 89 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts of Tumkur, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagar, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysore and Chamarajnagar will go to polls.


Rahul Gandhi's Karnataka visit, an inspiration for state Congress youth brigade

Bangalore, Apr 22: Congress General Secretary Rahul GandhiCongress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's five-day visit to Karnataka last month, is being seen as a source of inspiration for the party's young brigade in the state.

A majority of the young leaders in the Karnataka Congress feel that Rahul Gandhi's visit will help youngsters in the party to come forward to take the mantle of leadership forward.


EC issues notification for second phase of Karnataka polls

Bangalore, Apr 22 : The Election Commission today issued a notification for the second phase of the three-phased Karnataka Assembly elections, which is scheduled to be held on May 16.

A total of 66 Assembly constituencies in 10 districts of Raichur, Koppal, Uttara Kannada, Bellary, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Shimoga, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Dakshina Kannada will face the ballot in this phase.

The last date for the filing nominations is April 29. The scrutiny will take place on April 30. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 2.

The notification for the third phase, which is scheduled to be held on May 22, will be issued on April 26.


Rural Karnataka want a stable pro-farmer government

Bangalore, Apr 25 : As the election heat is surpassing the sizzling summer, Tungani, this tiny village just 40 km from Bangalore, is looking for issues to fight elections.

For the farmers of this village, loan wavier to support price to the crops and employment schemes are the issues to fight the heat on the elections.

The villagers, most of them are farmers and migrant labourers, this election is crucial and want to vote on the basis of issues, which surround them. They have taken an oath not to take liquor or other goodies from contestants, but to fight the elections on the basis of stability.


EC issues notification for third phase of Karnataka polls

Karnataka pollsBangalore, Apr 26 : The Election Commission today issued a notification for the third and last phase of the Karnataka Assembly polls, which is scheduled to be held on May 22.

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies in eight districts of North Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum will face the ballot in this phase.

The last date for the filing nominations is May 3. The scrutiny will take place on May 5. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.


Veerappa Moily says Karnataka polls will be trendsetter for Congress

Bangalore, Apr 28 : Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily has said that the forthcoming Assembly election in the state would be path breaking and would set the trend for the coming elections in eight states this year and the Lok Sabha elections next year.

“This will be path breaking election. After Karnataka we have elections to about eight to nine state governments. That is Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and many other states,” Moily, who is also the chairman of the Media cell of the Congress Party, said.


Election Commission team to arrive in Karnataka today

Bangalore, Apr 29: Chief Election Commissioner N GopalaswamiAn Election Commission (EC) team will arrive here today to review preparations for the ensuing Karnataka Assembly elections.

During the visit, the delegation led by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, along with Election Commissioners S Y Qureishi and Naveen Chawla will hold meetings with political leaders, election observers and senior police officials.

As many as 550 criminal cases have been filed in connection with violation of model code of conduct in the state, which goes to polls in three phases on May 10, 16 and 22.


JD-S has a bleak future: S M Krishna

Congress PartyBangalore, Apr 29 : The Chairman of the Congress Election Management and Coordination Committee and former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna said today that people are angry with the Janata Dal-Secular’s (JD-S) lust for power and display of rank opportunism which made its future bleak.

"People have already taken note of JD-S' acts of betrayal, the rank opportunism it displayed in the last 40 months and its lust for power", Krishna said.


ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-1 in third quarter of this year: Madhavan Nair

ISROBangalore, Apr 29 :After the successful launch ten satellites from one space vehicle, India plans to launch Chandrayaan-1, the satellite system to the moon in the third quarter of this year, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G Madhavan Nair said on Tuesday.

Nair said that ISRO has started the integration for the launch of Chandrayaan-1.

“Next significant event will be our mission to moon. As you know that Chandrayaan-1, the instrument the satellite system to go to the moon is getting ready. The launch will take place sometime in the third quarter of this year” said Nair.


Blackstone to invest Rs 72 crore in Bangalore-based Synergy Property

Blackstone to invest Rs 72 crore in Bangalore-based Synergy Property

Blackstone Real Estate Partners, an affiliate of the New York-based Blackstone Group has announced its decision to invest $18 million (Rs 72 crore) in Synergy Property Development Service Private Limited.

This is the first investment of Blackstone Real Estate Partners International II fund in India and it will pick up 35 % stake in Synergy including the right to have representation in the board.


P. Chidambaram asks people to have patience on inflation

P ChidambaramBangalore, May 2 : Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today assured the nation that the prices would come down and inflation would be brought under control.

After addressing the members of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he said, "You can't announce something on Friday and expect to have its impact on Saturday. You must be patient.”


'Sholay' fame Ramanagaram to witness triangular contest

BangaloreBangalore, May 2 : Ramanagaram Assembly constituency in Karnataka where the film 'Sholay' was shot is witnessing a fierce triangular battle.

The battle is being fought among former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular), Mamata Nichani daughter of the late Ramakrishna Hegde of Congress and Rudresh of Bharatiya Janata Party (B. J. P).

The rocky terrain and hillocks surrounding the silk city reminds of Sholay, Gabber Singh and of course the prevailing flavour of campaigning for the elections.


MindTree Consulting to acquire Aztecsoft for Rs 400 crore

MindTree Consulting

Bangalore-based software firm, MindTree Consulting Ltd is all set to acquire the mid-tier outsourcing product development (OPD) and testing player, Aztecsoft, for around Rs 400 Crore.

MindTree Consulting will buy 34 percent stake in Aztecsoft held by private equity companies e4e and Canaan Partners, and then make an open offer under the Takeover Code.

The non-institutional public shareholding is 46.27 per cent, while institutional public shareholding is around 17.5 per cent. The promoters hold 36.21 per cent.


Price rise key to national polls schedule: Advani

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K AdvaniBangalore, May 3 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has said the price rise would be the key to the scheduling of the national polls.

Addressing a public meeting in Bangalore on Friday, Advani said that inflation, hovering at a three year high of over seven per cent, would be a prime factor when Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh would want his Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to face the electorate.


Give BJP a chance to set things right in Karnataka: Advani

BJP - AdvaniBangalore, May 3 : Holding the Congress Party responsible for spiralling inflation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L K Advani on Saturday appealed to electorate of Karnataka to give his party a chance to set things right in Karnataka.

“You have so far given the Congress party a chance – indeed, many a chance. You have given various formations of the Janata Dal a chance. This time, give the BJP a chance to set things right in Bangalore and the rest of Karnataka,” said Advani in his appeal to voters.


Devegowda releases JDS manifesto

Devegowda releases JDS manifestoBangalore, May 5 : Janata Dal Secular Chief H. D Devegowda on Monday presented his party's manifesto in Bangalore, which highlighted his party's projects for the poor, farmers and the minorities in the State.

Devegowda said that his party would not make false promises unlike BJP and Congress who raised slogans of “Garibi Hatao” and “Berozgari Hatao”.

He also talked about the Congress’ promises of giving free power to the states of Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, which were never fulfilled?


BJP will win 119 to 129 seats in Karnataka polls: Venkaih Naidu

Venkaih NaiduBangalore, May 5 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaih Naidu on Monday predicted that his party would win 119 to 129 seats in the ensuing Karnataka polls.

He was talking to the media at a press conference in Bangalore.

Naidu further added that the Congress would get 60 to 65 seats and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) would have seats below 20. He said this prediction is based on an internal survey conducted by his party.

He also questioned the Congress that under whose leadership the party is contesting the polls, as the people want to know the name of their leader. (ANI)


HealthCare Global receives $20 million funding from PremjiInvest

HealthCare Global receives $20 million funding from PremjiInvest

Bangalore-headquartered HealthCare Global (HCG), the leading private sector oncology institution in India, has received $20 million of funding from PremjiInvest, a private equity fund sponsored by Wipro’s Azim Premji.

HCG is a physician-led initiative that owns and manages a network of cancer centers and is in the process of establishing a nationwide network of cancer centers. HCG business model integrates diagnostics, imaging and clinical research with the delivery of clinical care.


BJP blasts George Bush for his Indian food habits comment

BJP blasts George Bush for his Indian food habits commentBangalore , May 6 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today came down heavily on U. S. President George Bush for his controversial statement on the food habits of Indians and how they were contributing to the global food crisis.

Talking to ANI after addressing an election rally in the Gandhi Nagar assembly constituency in Bangalore, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu termed the statement as irresponsible.


Election Commission to hold all party meeting in Bangalore

Bangalore, BangaloreMay 7: The Election Commission (EC) will meet leaders of all political parties here on Wednesday to make a final assessment of the arrangements for the first phase of the Karnataka Assembly polls slated for May 10.

The EC will review poll arrangements in 89 assembly segments of eleven districts.

Top police officials and election observers of Bellary, Chitradurga, Raichur, Koppal and Davanagere Districts, which face the second phase of polling on May 16, have been summoned to Bangalore for discussions.


EC reviews poll preparations in Karnataka

N GopalswamiBangalore, May 7 : Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy and Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and Dr. S Y Quraishi on Wednesday had a meeting with the Election observers in Bangalore.

They also called on the DCs and police officials for the second phase of election.

Later the Chief Election Commissioner told the media, that Central officials will be deputed as micro observers in the sensitive polling booths in addition to the general observers.


BJP woos minorities and claims they look upto their party

BJPBangalore, May 7 : The Chief Ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) B. S Yediyurappa on Wednesday offered the sops and hopes of cabinet berth to minorities.

He was addressing a press conference in Bangalore.

"We are going to form the majority government in Karnataka. The electioneering is working towards it and we have covered more than 150 constituencies. People response has been very good and I am 100 per cent sure that we're going to repeat the same Gujarat result in Karnataka and we're going to form the government," asserted Yediyurappa.


Lawbreakers aspire to be lawmakers in Karnataka

KarnatakaBangalore, May 7 : It is significant that about 47 candidates who are contesting in the first phase of Karnataka assembly elections have criminal records and 82 candidates have declared total assets amounting to whopping rupees 481.2 crores (4.812 billion rupees).

Releasing a report in Bangalore the Karnataka Election Watch Committee under Association for Democratic reforms pointed out that 12 candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 10 from Congress and 14 from Janata Dal (Secular) have criminal records.


Sabeel Ahmed arrives in Bangalore

Bangalore, May 8 : India-born doctor Sabeel Ahmed in the Glasgow Airport bombing case, arrived here early this morning after serving 18 months in a UK jail.

Sabeel was deported by a British Airways flight and escorted by two Metropolitan Police officers from London.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to not inform the police regarding the attack carried out by his brother Kafeel.

A London court was told last month that Sabeel had received an e-mail from Kafeel and details of his will before the attack.

Sabeel's mother, Zakia Ahmed said she was happy to see her son back home and did not want anyone to disturb him. She said she was resting for the moment and would interact with the media later.


Karnataka Assembly polls, campaigning ends Thursday for first phase

Bangalore, May 8 : Campaigning for the first phase of Karnataka Assembly polls will ends this evening as 89 constituencies of the 224 member house spread over 11 Districts will go to the polls on Saturday.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will address a public gathering here today.

Meanwhile, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, N. Gopalaswamy and two other Election Commissioners will hold a meeting with election observers and Deputy Commissioners of districts and Police officials to review the preparations for the second phase of elections.

In all 2140 electronic voting machines have been kept ready to be despatched to the 1965 polling stations in the district.


Karnataka has no room for BJP-JD (S) style of political opportunism: Moily

BJP releases names of 14 candidates for Karnataka pollsBangalore, May 8 : Senior Congress party leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Wednesday that the political opportunism practiced by the previous BJP-JD (S) State Government had provided the people the clarity as to which party to vote into power during the three-phased Assembly elections to be held this month.


Krishna rules himself out of CM race in Karnataka

Karnataka- CongressBangalore, May 8 : Senior leader SM Krishna, the face of the Congress for these assembly elections in Karnataka, has declared himself out of the race for the coveted post of Chief Minister if party comes to power.

Talking to ANI in an exclusive interview on Thursday, SM Krishna made it clear that he was not in the race for the CM's post and said he was here to bring the party back to power in the state.

Krishna, who is in charge of Karnataka Congress party's election, expressed confidence over coming back to power in the state.


Revathi Equipment picks 70% stake in Semac Pvt. Ltd for Rs 45.50 crore

 Coimbatore-based Revathi Equipment LtdRevathi Equipment Ltd has reported that it has acquired 70% stake in the equity capital of Semac Private Limited, a Company providing Engineering design solutions for industrial / commercial and infrastructure constructions, for a consideration of Rs 45.50 crore.

Bangalore-based Semac serves its customers from its offices spread located at Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Middle East.


Security beefed up ahead of first phase of Karnataka Assembly poll

Bangalore, KarnatakaMay 9: Security has been beefed up ahead of first phase of Karnataka Assembly poll, as 89 constituencies of the 224 member house spread over 11 Districts will go to the polls on Saturday.

The state police are working hard to ensure peaceful and safe elections in Karnataka.

Some polling booths have been declared as hypersensitive and others as sensitive.


Congress confident of coming back to power in Karnataka

Congress confident of coming back to power in KarnatakaCongress confident of coming back to power in KarnatakaBangalore, May 9 : The Congress Party has evinced confidence of winning maximum number seats in the Karnataka state Assembly polls.

Talking to ANI before the first phase of polling, SM Krishna, the face of the Congress for these assembly elections in Karnataka, said that the first phase was crucial and the party will get a decisive mandate.

Krishna, who is in charge of Karnataka Congress party's election, expressed confidence over coming back to power in the state.


Polling begins in Karnataka

Polling begins in KarnatakaBangalore, May 10 : Polling for the first phase of Karnataka Assembly polls began today amidst tight security.

Polling will take place in eighty-nine constituencies spread over eleven districts in the southern part of the state.

The Election Commission has recognised nineteen documents as alternative for Election Photo Identity Cards EPIC for polling.

A total of 953 candidates, including seventeen women are in fray.


Peaceful polling during first phase in Karnataka

Peaceful polling during first phase in KarnatakaBangalore, May 10 : About 15 per cent of an estimated 17.3 million electorate exercised their franchise till 10 am today in the eighty-nine constituencies spread over eleven districts where polling is underway for the first phase of Karnataka Assembly polls.

According to official sources, the poll process started without any trouble and no untoward incident had been reported.

Small queues were noticed in several constituencies in the morning with the voters preferring to cast their ballot before the weather turns hot.


Karnataka polls: 30 percent voting in first phase till 1 p.m.

Karnataka pollsBangalore, May 10 : About 30 per cent of an estimated 17.3 million electorate had cast their votes by 1 p. m. in 89 assembly segments in Karnataka where the first phase of polling is underway under tight security cover on Saturday.

Minor incidents of violence were reported in Bangalore, while in the Varuna constituency, voting was suspended for sometime in the Hulimavu polling booth after BJP supporters complained that one of the election staff was canvassing for the Congress.

The official was immediately removed and voting continued after the electronic voting machine was changed.


Sonia Gandhi to campaign in Karnataka on May 13

Bangalore, May 11 : Sonia Gandhi to campaign in Karnataka on May 13Congress President Sonia Gandhi will campaign for the second phase of assembly elections in Karnataka on May 13.

Ten districts will go to polls in the second phase on May 16.

Gandhi will address election rallies in Koppal and Mangalore. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will also campaign in the state during the second and third phase of election. His itinerary is yet to be finalised.

Gandhi had earlier campaigned in Kolar and Bangalore city on May 7. The third phase of the elections will take place on May 22


Rahul to hit campaign trail in Karnataka today

Bangalore, May 12 : Rahul to hit campaign trail in Karnataka todayCongress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will hit the campaign trail during the second phase of Assembly election in Karnataka today.

During his visit, Rahul will address public meetings at Kumta in North Canara district and Kundapur in Udipi district.

Later, he is also scheduled to address public meetings at Modgere-Sc in Chikmanglur district and Harpanhalli in Devengere district.

Rahul's five-day visit to Karnataka was described as a source of inspiration for the party's young brigade.


CEC to visit Dharwar to review poll preparations

Bangalore, May 12 : The Chief Election Commissioner, N. Gopalaswami will be arriving in Dharwar on Tuesday to review poll preparations for the third phase of Assembly elections in Karnataka.

69 assembly segments in eight districts, including Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulburga, Bidar, Gadag, Dharwar, and Haveri will go to the final phase of polls on May 22.

Of the 224 assembly segments in the state, 66 will go to polls in the second phase on May 16.

An average of 66 per cent polling was registered in the first phase of elections in 11 districts on Saturday. 1.73 crore electorate exercised their franchise in 89 assembly segments in the dominant Vokkaliga belt, home turf of JD-S leader H D Deve Gowda and Congress strongman S M Krishna. (ANI)


SAIL signs MoU with BEML for crucial equipment supply

SAIL signs MoU with BEML for crucial equipment supplyBangalore, May 12 : The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) today signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangalore-based Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), for supply of crucial equipment required for the company's present operations as well as for its ongoing modernisation and expansion programme.

V. K. Gulhati, Director (Technical), SAIL, and M. Poongavanam, Director (Mining and Construction), BEML, signed the MoU in the presence of V. S. Natrajan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BEML, at Bangalore.


Election Commissioners meet in Dharwad to review third phase of poll preparations

Election Commissioners meet in Dharwad to review third phase of poll preparationsBangalore, May 13 : The Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and Election Commissioners, S. Y. Quereshi and Navin Chawla met in Dharwad this morning to review preparations for the third phase of polls in Karnataka.

The team met with representatives of different political parties where Deputy Election Commissioner R. Bhattacharya and State Chief Election Officer M. N. Vidyashankar were also present.


It is mining Reddy versus soft-spoken Lingayat M P Prakash

Bangalore, May 14 : In a way all eyes are on Harappanahalli where mining lord and BJP MP from Bellary Karunakara Reddy is contesting against the soft-spoken Lingayat leader and Karnataka's former deputy chief minister M P Prakash of the Congress.

For Prakash, this is a new constituency as he has just joined the Congress from the Janata Dal (Secular).

Delimitation has changed the political calculations of big leaders.

This constituency located on the backwaters of Tunga-Bhadra is anticipating a political decisive battle.

"Harappanahalli is crucial for the Congress, whereas for the BJP, It is a prestige issue to win in the Congress bastion, which is also a reserved constituency," said Reddy.


John Distilleries to raise Rs 150 crore via Private Equity

John Distilleries
Bangalore-based John Distilleries, a group company of Paul John Enterprise, is eyeing to raise Rs 150 crore through the private equity route to fuel its capacity expansion.

The company is in discussions with a UK-based private equity fund for this infusion by diluting not more than 25%. Interestingly, this is the PE fund which initially funded Foster's beer during its growth stages.


Karnataka gets set for second phase of assembly polls

Karnataka gets set for second phase of assembly pollsBangalore, May 15: With an additional layer of security in the Naxal infested districts of Udupi, Shimoga and Chiknagalur, Karnataka is all set for the second phase of assembly polls on Friday.

At least 1.10 crore electorate are expected to decide the fate of 589 candidates, including Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.


OnMobile Global acquires 100% stake of Telisma SA France

OnMobile Global acquires 100% stake of Telisma SA FranceBangalore-based OnMobile Global signed an agreement to acquire 100% stake of Telisma SA France, Europe’s leading Speech Recognition software company, for an undisclosed amount.

France-headquartered Telisma SA designs, develops and sells speech recognition software for use in telecommunications and enterprise speech-enabled applications.


Polling begins for second phase of Karnataka Assembly polls

Bangalore,Karnataka Assembly polls May 16: Polling for the second phase of Karnataka Assembly polls began today amidst tight security.

Polling is being held in sixty-six constituencies spread in ten districts of Raichur, Koppal, Uttara Kannada, Bellary, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Shimoga, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Dakshina Kannada.

At least 1.10 crore electorate are expected to decide the fate of 589 candidates, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.


Second phase of polling in Karnataka ends

Second phase of polling in Karnataka endsMangalore/ Bangalore, May 16 : Karnataka on Friday witnessed second phase of elections in 66 constituencies for the 224 -member State Assembly, amidst tight security.

Voters from ten districts of Raichur, Koppal, Uttara Kannada, Bellary, Chitradurga Davanagere, Shimoga, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Dakshina Kannada participated in the election.


Campaigning starts for third phase of Karnataka Assembly poll

Campaigning starts for third phase of Karnataka Assembly pollBangalore, May 17 : After the completion of two phases, campaigning is gaining momentum for the third and last phase of the Karnataka Assembly polls, which is scheduled to be held on May 22.

Several political leaders are visiting the state for campaigning. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi is addressing a public meeting at Hubli today.

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies in eight districts of North Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum will face the ballot in this phase.


Thomson Asia to setup R&D centre in Bangalore by July this year

Thomson Asia to setup R&D centre in Bangalore by July this yearThomson Asia Ltd, a subsidiary of France-based Thomson Group, a technology provider to the media, communications and entertainment industries, will set up a research and development centre in Bangalore,

The new centre will start off operations with 150 engineers on its rolls, with plans to ramp up employee strength to 600 engineers by 2010. The centre will be operational by the end of July this year.


Campaigning for last phase of Karnataka polls ends today

Campaigning for last phase of Karnataka polls ends todayBangalore, May 20 : Campaigning for the third and last phase of Karnataka Assembly polls comes to an end this evening.

Several political leaders are addressing public meetings today.

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies in eight districts of North Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum will face the ballot in the third phase.

Sixty per cent polling was reported May 16 in the second phase of Assembly elections.


Death toll climbs to 65 in Karnataka Hooch tragedy

Bangalore, May 20  : The death toll from the hooch tragedy in Karnataka’s Kolar district and Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district has gone upto 65

Thirty people have been admitted to the Dengenakottai and Hosur Hospitals in Tamil Nadu.

Despite a ban on arrack, it continues to be produced in Bayalunarasipura in Kolar District from where it is supplied to parts of Kolar, rural Bangalore, urban Bangalore, besides neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. (ANI)


Last phase of Karnataka polls on Thursday

Last phase of Karnataka polls on ThursdayBangalore, May 21 : All arrangements have been completed for third and last phase of Karnataka Assembly polls.

Polling will take place tomorrow in sixty-nine segments spread across eight districts of Northern Karnataka.

A total of 699 candidates, including forty-three women are in fray.

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies in the eight districts of North Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum will face the ballot in the third phase.


Polling begins for last phase of Karnataka Assembly polls

Polling begins for last phase of Karnataka Assembly pollsBangalore, May 22 : Polling for the third and final phase of Karnataka Assembly polls began today amidst tight security.

Polling is being held in sixty-nine segments spread across eight districts of Northern Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum.

At least 10.18 million voters are expected to decide the fate of 699 candidates, including forty-three women.


20 per cent voting till noon in Karnataka

Bangalore, May 22: At least 20 percent voters had caste their votes till noon during the third and final phase of the Karnataka Assembly elections, according to a State Election Commission official.

Polling is being held in 69 segments spread across eight districts of Northern Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum.

An estimated 11.7 million voters, including 5.8 million women, were registered to exercise their franchise and decide the fate of 699 candidates, including several independents.

About 56,000 security personnel were deployed to ensure smooth polling and prevent untoward incidents.


20 per cent voting till noon in Karnataka

20 per cent voting till noon in KarnatakaBangalore, May 22 : At least 20 percent voters had caste their votes till noon during the third and final phase of the Karnataka Assembly elections, according to a State Election Commission official.

Polling is being held in 69 segments spread across eight districts of Northern Karnataka, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Bidar, Gulbaga, Bijapur, Bagalakot and Belgaum.

An estimated 11.7 million voters, including 5.8 million women, were registered to exercise their franchise and decide the fate of 699 candidates, including several independents.


Hooch death toll rises to 180 in Karnataka

Hooch death toll rises to 180 in KarnatakaBangalore, May 23 : The death toll in the hooch tragedy in Karnataka has risen to 180 with the death of 30 more victims, police said.

Labourers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu bought the liquor, and sold it in plastic pouches from illegal shops after lacing it with chemicals.

At least 20 dealers were arrested by Thursday and 25 state customs officials suspended, but police said they were still unable to trace the source of the liquor sale.

Police are investigating whether the liquor was supplied by political parties ahead of the state elections in Karnataka this month.


BJP’s Karnataka unit says will sit in Opposition if it fails to get 113 seats

Bangalore, May 25 : The Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that it will prefer to sit in the Opposition if it fails to secure a simple majority after the counting of votes cast in the recent State Assembly polls.

Though poised to emerge as the single largest party in Karnataka, the BJP’s Karnataka president Sadananda Gowda said it would not tie-up with the Janata Dal (Secular) if it failed to reach the magical figure of 113.

"We said it before the election that we will sit in the Opposition bench if we are not able to reach the magical figure of 113 and we still stand by it," Gowda said.

He also said that dissidents of the JD (S) are welcome to join the BJP.


BJP woos independents for government formation in Karnataka

New Delhi, May 26 : BJP woos independents for government formation in KarnatakaThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won the Karnataka Assembly elections on Sunday, but fell short of a majority by three seats, is now actively wooing independents in a bid to realise its dream of forming its first government in South India.

The BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the 224-strong Assembly in an election in which the Congress improved on its previous performance by bagging 80 seats.


B S Yeddyurappa promises to improve power and irrigation in Karnataka

Bangalore, May 27 : B S Yeddyurappa promises to improve power and irrigation in KarnatakaAfter a remarkable Bharatiya Janata Party win in Karnataka, party’s chief ministerial candidate, B S Yeddyurappa today promised that he would transform the State by improving its energy and irrigation production.

"We want to add at least 5,000 megawatt of energy in the State to take the total production to 10,000 megawatt", Yeddyurappa said.

"We will transform Karnataka in the next five years. People will witness the changes," he promised.


Yeddyurappa to focus on making Advani Prime Minister

Bangalore, May 27 : The priorities of Bharatiya Janata Party Karnataka chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa now take new focus on making party leader L K Advani Prime Minister.

Yeddyurappa said that his priority would now be to win all the 28 Lok Sabha seats from the State in the general elections to ensure that the party leader L K Advani becomes the prime minister.

"Now, we have realised the dream of installing the BJP Government in Karnataka as per the wish of (party leaders) Atalji and Advaniji," Yeddyurappa said.

Yeddyurappa attributed the BJP's good performance in recent Assembly polls to the "betrayal of the Janata Dal (Secular)".


Governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka

Governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government in KarnatakaBangalore, May 27 : BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was today invited by Governor Rameshwar Thakur to form the government in Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has decided to revoke President’s rule in Karnataka.

On Monday evening, BJP’s triumphant Chief Ministerial candidate, B S Yeddyurappa had met Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to stake claim to form the government saying, “We have the numbers”.

His comment came after Independent MLAs attended the BJP legislative party meeting on Monday.


BJP evades horse trading, sends six independent MLAs supporters to unknown destination

Bangalore, May 28 : As a precautionary measure to prevent any possible horse trading, the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka has sent all six independent Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), who had promised their support to the party, to an unknown destination.

The independents will be directly presented moments before the swearing-in ceremony on Friday.

All the six have been assured of ministerial berths and will be sworn on Friday along with the rest of the BJP MLAs.

The strength of the BJP in Karnataka is 116 after including six independent MLAs, three more than the required strength in the 224-member Legislative Assembly.


B.S. Yeddyurappa to be sworn-in as Karnataka CM today

B.S. Yeddyurappa to be sworn-in as Karnataka CM todayBangalore, May 30 : B. S. Yeddyurappa will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka here today.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 1.50 p. m. in the Vidhana Soudha.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur will administer oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers.

A team of 15 to 20 members of the party is expected to take oath as Ministers along with Yeddyurappa, who will head the first-ever BJP Government in Karnataka.


B.S.Yeddyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister

Bangalore, May 30 : B.S.Yeddyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka Chief MinisterB. S. Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka today.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Vidhana Soudha.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers.

Initially, the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for Thursday. But the date was rescheduled as the Central Government took its time to revoke President's rule in the state.


No portfolio for Karnataka Ministers till June 6

BJPBangalore, May 31: Portfolios will be allocated to all the 29 Ministers of the newly sworn in Bharatiya Janata Party Government only on June 6, after the Yeddyurappa led Ministry passes the floor test.

Yeddyurappa will seek the trust vote on June 6.

Until then he will be handling all the departments in the state.

It has been reported that there is a demand for major portfolios like Home, Public Works, Energy, Urban Development, Irrigation and Mines.

Apparantly, Yeddyurappa is keen on retaining the Departments of Finance and Excise, the portfolios he held as Deputy Chief Minister in the previous JD(S)-BJP coalition government.


Art of Living trauma relief through broadcast in China

Bangalore, June 3 : As part of its service to society, the Art of Living foundation based in Bangalore founded by spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar has started working in quake hit China.

They have already helped more than 15,000 survivors through mediation and counselling. The Art of Living is using the broadcast medium for maximum outreach in quake-torn China.

Talking to ANI here, Mamta Kailkhura, press secretary of the Art of Living, has said that this was the first ever effort by the Art of Living foundation to help the survivors at earthquake hit areas in China to overcome the trauma.


Karnataka legislature session begins today

Bangalore, June 4: The three-day legislature session of the newly elected Karnataka State Assembly will begin today.

The House will devote the opening day for oath taking by the members and election of Speaker on June 5.

The session will commence with Governor Rameshwar Thakur address to the joint session of both the houses of the State legislature.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will seek the trust vote on June 6 in compliance with a directive by Governor Thakur to prove majority on the floor of the House.

The direction came in the wake of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which stormed to power in the state, failing to garner simple majority of 113 and cobbling up the required numbers with the help of six independents.


Yeddyurappa to seek trust vote today

Bangalore, June 6 : Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa will seek a trust vote in the Assembly here today.

Yeddyurappa will seek the trust vote in compliance with a directive by Governor Thakur to prove majority on the floor of the House.

The direction came in the wake of BJP, which stormed to power in the state, failing to garner simple majority of 113 and cobbling up the required numbers with the help of six independents.

Portfolios will be allocated to all the 29 Ministers of the newly sworn-in BJP Government today, after the Yeddyurappa led Ministry passes the floor test.

It has been reported that there is a demand for major portfolios like Home, Public Works, Energy, Urban Development, Irrigation and Mines.


B. S. Yeddyurappa to expand ministry today

Bangalore, June 7 : B. S. Yeddyurappa to expand ministry todayKarnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa will expand his week-old ministry today.

Yeddyurappa on Friday won the trust vote in the Assembly, marking the formal start of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first government in southern India.

Talking to media, Yeddyurappa said the vote of confidence has given five years time to BJP to prove as per the manifesto.

The BJP won the vote of confidence through a voice vote, which included the support of the six independents, five of whom are in the cabinet.


Cyclone relief to Myanmar

Cyclone relief to MyanmarBangalore, June 9 : As part of the humanitarian assistance to Cyclone Nargis ravaged areas of Myanmar under the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 30 metric tonnes of food has been airlifted from Bangalore to save thousands of malnutrition children in Myanmar.

Talking to Asian News International (ANI) Shyam S Dubey, Head Procurement and Logistics of WFP has said that this would help save thousands of children affected by cyclone in Myanmar.


30 metric tonnes of food airlifted for cyclone afflicted Myanmar

Cyclone relief to MyanmarBangalore, June 10 : As part of the humanitarian assistance to Cyclone Nargis ravaged areas of Myanmar under the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 30 metric tonnes of food has been airlifted yesterday from Bangalore to save thousands of malnutritioned children in Myanmar.

While talking to ANI, Shyam S Dubey, Head Procurement and Logistics of WFP has said that this would help thousands of children affected by cyclone in Myanmar.


Infosys mentor says generating diverse workforce would be a big challenge

Bangalore, June 15 : Infosys mentor says generating diverse workforce would be a big challengeChairman and chief mentor of India’s second-largest software exporter Infosys Technologies Ltd., N. R. Narayana Murthy, has said that generating diverse workforce would be a big challenge for companies.

Murthy was addressing the company's 27th annual general meeting (AGM) for fiscal 2008 in southern Bangalore.


Tejas on its maiden flight breaks sound barrier

Totally Indian Made Air Craft - Tejas'Bangalore, June 17 : The much-awaited maiden flight of Tejas Limited Series Production aircraft (LSP-2) took place at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport.

This is the second time that a Tejas aircraft has flown supersonic in its very first flight. The tests for the specific flight covered engine handling and check out of aircraft systems within the envelope flown.

Even though the aircraft was ready for its maiden flight last week itself, the flight could not take place because of the pre-monsoon weather prevailing over Bangalore.


Infosys looking beyond Bangalore

http://topnews.in/files/infosys_0.jpgBangalore, June 20 : Bogged down by the infrastructure bottlenecks, Infosys is looking beyond Bangalore, the IT hub of the country.

Talking to ANI in an exclusive interview here at the Infosys campus on Friday,

the Director and Head, Administration, Education and Research T V Mohandas Pai said that Bangalore as a workplace has become impossible because of the infrastructure bottlenecks and the organisation has been looking at other cities like Jaipur, Kolkatta and Bhubaneshwar in the east for expansion.


Successful flight tests of Nishant UAV

Nishan UAVBangalore, June 20 : Nishant, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army has been successfully flight tested near Kolar today.

The State of Art UAV is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore jointly with Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun; Research and Development Engineers (RDE), Pune and Aerial Delivery Research Development Estallishment (ADRDE), Agra.


ULFA militants arrested in Bangalore

ULFABangalore, June 21 : Four suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants have been arrested by the Bangalore police from a house in Mahadevapura police area.

The terrorists were arrested on Friday, they have been identified as Johnny, Jitan Singh, Talabe and Maghachandar, belong to People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), an ULFA wing.

The City police had been alerted about the terrorists in Bangalore by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Bangalore police is in touch with their counterparts in Guwahati and arrangements are being made to send the four suspected terrorists to Guwahati.


NAL to develop 70-seater civilian aircraft

Bangalore, June 26: The Bangalore-based National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) will design a 70-seater passenger aircraft at a cost of approximately Rupees 20.35 billion.

The aircraft is expected to be developed over a period of seven years.

Director of NAL A R Upadhya said that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has already provided rupees three billion for the project.


Kalam backs Indo-US Nuke deal

Pokhran tests strengthened India: KalamBangalore, June 26 : The former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday said the nuclear deal with the U. S. will prove beneficial to India.

Kalam was talking to the media at the sidelines of a conference on International Aero Space in here today he said that it was crucial for India to sign the deal with the US.


Gays & Lesbians Marched Together For Their Rights

Sunday, for the firstGays & Lesbians Marched Together For Their Rights time in India, witnessed a special gay parade that was organized in three Indian cities – Delhi , Bangalore and Kolkata. This parade was organized to raise voice for the rights of homosexuality. Hundreds of gays and lesbians paraded the streets of Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore to revolt against stigma and discrimination.


Bangalore pays homage to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Bangalore, July 5 : An emotional memorial was held at the Chopra Auditorium here on Saturday as homage to late Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw college.

The Governor of Karnataka, Rameshwar Thakur, Principal Secretary Home Vatsala Valsa, Additional Chief Secrtetary Shantha Kumari were present at event held inside the compound of the Army Service Corps Centre and College.

A large number of soldiers, both serving and retired were present at the venue in their ceremonial dress, each proudly sporting medals to remind them of the war they had fought.

The memorial service was a dignified and solemn affair befitting the occasion. Rich floral tributes and wreaths were laid on the large sized photograph of the Field Marshal.


Kakodkar for early implementation of the nuclear deal

Nuclear DealBangalore, July 5 : The Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Anil Kakodkar has stated that the sooner the nuclear deal was concluded, it would be better for the country.

Talking to ANI in an exclusive interview in Bangalore on Friday on the sideline of a scientist's gathering, he said that presently Indian reactors were a 'mismatch' and running under capacity.

However, he said he was confident of bridging the gap.


Infosys Q1 net rises 21%, raises FY09 forecast

infosysBangalore, July 11 : Infosys Technologies Limited beat expectations with a 21 per cent rise in quarterly profit thanks to a weaker rupee, and raised its full year guidance on hopes for a revival in outsourcing demand.

The number two information technology services company forecast revenue for the year to March 2009 would grow 27.5-29.5 per cent, in rupee terms, up from April''s forecast of 19.2-21.1 per cent.

Infosys, which develops applications, designs supply chains and offers back-office services, said on Friday that net profit rose to 13.02 billion rupees in the first quarter ended June from 10.79 billion rupees reported a year earlier.


Wipro posts Rs 908 Crore net

Wipro TechnologiesBangalore, July 18 : Contrary to expectations the Indian IT major Wipro Limited headquartered in Bangalore has posted a net profit of Rs. 908 crore for the first quarter ended June 30.

Announcing the results here today, the Chairman of Wipro Azim Premji said, “We have had another satisfying quarter. Revenues from our IT services were 1,067 million dollar for the quarter, ahead of our guidance of 1,060 million dollar. In the backdrop of significant economic uncertainty, our financial services and retail businesses demonstrated their resilience.”


Politics witnesses hectic lobbying ahead of crucial trust vote

Pune/Bangalore/New Delhi/Kolkata, July 19 : It seems smaller political parties and Independents might hold the key to the future of the Congress-led UPA Government, as ruling and opposition camps are leaving no stone unturned to garner more support ahead of July 22 trust vote.

With the fate of the government dependent on Tuesday''s confidence vote, mudslinging and deal-making are reportedly in full swing and efforts are being made to even sully the relatively clean image of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.


ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-I in September

Bangalore, July 24 :ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-I in September Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Chandrayaan-I, India''s maiden mission to the moon, in September.

Talking to ANI in an exclusive interview on the sidelights of a seminar here today, Chairman of ISRO G. Madhavan Nair said that the final tests have been on to launch the spacecraft to moon.

Chandrayaan-I will be launched atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India''s workhorse rocket with a streak of nine consecutive flawless missions.


Three killed in serial blasts in India's Bangalore city

New Delhi - At least three people were killed in up to six serial blasts in India's southern city of Bangalore on Friday, media reports said.

The blasts took place near crowded areas and bus stations in three to six areas in the city, the NDTV network reported.

Dozens of people were believed to be injured in the explosions, that caused panic in the city.

The NDTV report citing police sources mentioned that it was a well-coordinated terrorist attack in the city, considered India's IT capital.

The nature of the blasts was not known and the police had rushed bomb squads and additional security to the areas. (dpa)


Serial blasts rock Bangalore, one dead

BangloreBangalore, July 25 : At least one woman was reportedly killed and several others were injured when serial blasts rocked different parts of the IT city today.

The blasts rocked Nayandahalli, Madivala, Adugodi areas on the outskirts of Bangalore.

According to media reports, timer and gelatin sticks appear to have been used in the blasts.

Meanwhile, high alert was sounded in Delhi.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)


Three killed, 20 wounded in seven Bangalore blasts

BangloreBangalore, July 25 : At least three people were killed and 20 injured in seven serial blasts that hit Bangalore city this afternoon.

The blasts took place between 2.30 p. m. and 4.00 p. m. at the Madivala bus stop, Hossur road, Adugudi, Koramangla, Mysore Road and Nayadahalli.

Bangalore Police commissioner, Shanker Bidri confirmed seven blasts that rocked the Bangalore city and said that the low intensity crude bombs were triggered by a timer.

Bomb disposal squads have reached the blasts sites.

Schools, colleges, cinema halls and commercial complexes have been shut down.


Two killed in nine bomb blasts in Bangalore

BangaloreBangalore, July 25 : A string of nine bomb blasts one after another shook Karnataka’s capital during the busy lunch hour today, leaving two killed and 20 injured.

The crude bombs, concealed near refugee camps and roadside stuffed with nuts and bolts, exploded between 1.30 p. m. and 1.45 p. m. at Adugodi, Madivala, Nayandahalli, Mysore Road, Richmond Circle, Pantharapalya and Vittal Mallya Road.

Two persons were killed and 12 injured in the blasts, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in New Delhi.


Educomp Solutions to pick 76% stake in Bangalore-based firm

Educomp Solutions
Educomp Solutions has informed that it will invest Rs 10.75 crore over the next two years to acquire a 76% stake in A-Plus Education Solution Pvt. Ltd.

Bangalore-based A-Plus Education operates under the brand name of "Purple Leap" and focuses on the area of improving the employability of college graduates. The company will focus on preparing students currently studying in over 15,000 colleges in the country and will make them workplace ready.


Blast-hit Karnataka initiates probe

KarnatakaBangalore, July 26: Karnataka government has ordered a probe after eight small bombs exploded in quick succession across Bangalore city, killing two people and wounding at least 15 people.

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa asked a special team to lead the probe.

He informed, "We have given Rs. one lakh to the families of the dead and 25-50 thousand rupees to the injured. Police and other officials have been directed to monitor the situation round the clock. I have also directed to constitute special team to nab the culprits."


Another live bomb in Bangalore defused

BangaloreNew Delhi, July 26: A day after series of eight low intensity bomb blasts hit Bangalore city, killing two people and wounding at least 15, another live bomb was found near Forum Mall in city’s Koramangla area.

The bomb has now been defused.

Police cordoned off the area and blocked the entire stretch leading to the mall. Traffic has been diverted from Hosur Road and Koramangla.

Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri also reached the area and urged the locals to remain calm.

The object found today is similar to the one used in Friday’s blasts, said police.


Sitaram Yechury rebuts allegations on speaker''s office comment

Bangalore, July 26 : Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury today strongly refuted a report in which he was quoted saying that the Speaker''s office was involved in the cash-for-vote scam.

"This is a complete distortion of what I had said," Yechury said from Bangalore over phone.

He repeated what he had said, "We understand the tapes on the allurements offered to the MPs have been sent to the Speaker''s office. The truth should be out and only then will the credibility of the system be restored. Investigations if any, should be done at the earliest".

He said he had not at all mentioned anything about the involvement of the Speaker''s office. (ANI)


Police obtain leads in Bangalore blasts, prepare sketch of suspect

BangaloreNew Delhi  - Police in India's southern city of Bangalore Saturday said the eight bombs that hit the city a day earlier were "professionally assembled" and claimed they had a suspect behind the blasts, media reports said.

According to the Indian Home Ministry, two people were killed and six injured in the low-intensity blasts triggered by timer devices near bus stations and crowded places in Bangalore.

The city, capital of the southern Karnataka state is considered India's information technology capital as many foreign and domestic IT and software firms are based there.


Karnataka DGP says locals involved in Bangalore serial blasts

Bangalore PoliceBangalore, July 26 : Definite leads have emerged from Friday''s eight bomb explosions in Bangalore in which one person -- an old woman - was killed and several were injured, said Karnataka''s police chief, R. Srikumar, on Saturday.

Karnataka''s Director-General of Police and Inspector General of Police Srikumar said the investigations on the bomb blasts is progressing fast and the police has got definite clues about the people involved in the cowardly act.


Pakistan PM condemns Bangalore, Ahmedabad serial blasts

Islamabad, July 27 : Pakistan PM condemns Bangalore, Ahmedabad serial blastsPakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore on July 26 and 25, respectively.

He expressed his deep sympathies with the bereaved families and the victims of these acts of violence against innocent people, says a foreign office statement, reported the Daily Times.


One held in Thirunelveli

Bangalore, July 28 : After the serial blast in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, Tamil Nadu police has swung into action to nab terrorist activists in the state. They have arrested Abdul Ghaffoor, 39, in Thirunelveli.

After a tip-off, police surrounded his house at Makthum Masjid Street in Pettai and seized about 21 items including time-piece, battery cells and two plastic containers.

According to police, Ghaffoor, a key activist of Tamilaga Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, is an expert in making bombs. He was planning to bring it to Chennai.

Further investigation is on to find out whether he has any connection with any terror network in the country or outside.


Chennapatna defused bomb has clues: DGP

BangaloreBangalore, July 28 : Three days after the serial blasts which rattled IT city Bangalore, the police have definite clue about the groups behind the blasts.

Talking to media after a high level meeting in Bangalore on Monday the Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police R. Sri Kumar has said that the bomb found in Chennapatna about seventy kilometres from Bangalore has definite clues.

However he refused to divulge further details.


MindTree picks 79.9% stake in Aztecsoft

MindTree picks 79.9% stake in AztecsoftBangalore-based Software firm MindTree has informed that it has completed the open offer to acquire equity stake in Aztecsoft Ltd. The firm now holds 79.9 per cent equity stake in Aztecsoft.

MindTree earlier this year acquired 32.57 per cent stake in the company for around Rs 117 crore. Aztecsoft has over 2,200 employees and caters to the North American, European, Indian and Australian markets. It has four delivery centers in India.

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2008, Aztecsoft has posted revenues of Rs 68.71 crores and a net profit of Rs 3.15 crores on consolidated basis.


Radiant Info Systems files IPO Papers for 65.07 million equity shares

Radiant Info Systems, Bangalore-based information technology solutions provider, has finally filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to tap the capital market with an initial public offering (IPO) of 65.07 million equity shares of Rs 10 each for cash at a price to be decided through a 100% book-building process.

The net issue would constitute 31.85% of the fully diluted post issue paid-up capital of the company.

Radiant Systems provides information technology solutions to various industries like transportation & logistics, pharmaceuticals, telecom, financial, e-governance etc.


Wipro arm bags multi-million-dollar from Spencer’s Retail

Bangalore-headquartered Wipro Infotech, a division of the US$4.93 billion Wipro Limited, has secured a five-year multi-million-dollar order from Spencer's Retail Ltd. Under the contract, Wipro will provide IT infrastructure support for all the stores, distribution centers, regional and zonal offices for Spencer's apart from also supporting future store roll outs over the 5 year period. However, the company did not give financial details regarding the deal. Spencer's Retail Limited, a part of the Rs 13500 crores RPG Enterprises, is a multi-format, food-first retailer, providing the widest range and assortment of products to its key consumer segment in the age group of 25-34.


Nokia navigation GPS mobile launched in Bangalore

Nokia 6210Bangalore, Aug. 5: Nokia, the cellular company responsible for the growth of mobile technology in India, on Monday introduced the Nokia 6210 Navigator.

It is the company’s first GPS-enabled mobile with an integrated in-map compass for vehicle and pedestrian guidance.

Nokia India’s Marketing Director Devinder Kishore launched the new device, which has both two-dimensional and three dimensional maps with night view facility, here. It also has other features.

The device has preloaded maps of 200 countries and eight cities in India.


CSE releases mining and environment report in Bangalore

Bangalore, Aug. 5: The New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released its report on mining, people and environment here on Monday.

The CSE's sixth State of India's Environment Report, which deals with mining in India, says that Karnataka gains very little from mining. The report highlights the environmental footprints of mining in Indian states, including Karnataka and also suggests policies for the future.

Talking to ANI after releasing the report, CSE Director Sunitha Narain disputed the contention that mining is essential for 'growth or employment'.

The highlights of the report are as follows:


HAL-built Hawk aircraft inducted into Indian Air Force

HAL-built Hawk aircraft inducted into Indian Air ForceBangalore, Aug. 14 : In a glittering ceremony held here, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-built first Hawk Mk132 trainer jet was handed over to Indian Air Force, marking a new era in the Indian defence aviation sector.

The Hawk Mk 132 was handed over to Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major, by HAL Chairman Ashok K Baweja.

Talking to mediapersons after the ceremony, Major said that the Hawk Mk 132 aircraft would tremendously help in the training of Indian fighter pilots.


Bangladesh's ''micro-credit'' man says India needs legislation for micro-credit service

Bangalore, Aug 20 : Nobel Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh Mohammad Yunus has said that India needs legislative and regulatory back to provide micro credit service to the poor.

Speaking to media here last evening, the Nobel laureate said, "Two things are important in spreading micro-credit in India. One is legislation to create micro-credit banks, small banks, who does this lending of micro-credit to the poorest people and then a regulatory authority which oversees this operation."

Elaborating the need for extending micro-credit service in the healthcare sector, Yunus accentuated the inability of poor people to access money in crucial times.


Merrill Lynch acquires 50% stake in Salarpuria Group’s hotel project

Merrill LynchGlobal financial services giant Merrill Lynch has acquired 50% stake in the Salarpuria Group’s Rs 150 crore five-star hotel project in Bangalore.

The company has picked stake in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) floated to build a five-star hotel in Bangalore. The proposed hotel, which will have 250 rooms, is to come up on 300,000 sq. ft. on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Sarjapur and Marathalli, opposite Cisco corporate office.


Indigenous software makes Su30-MKI more compatible during Exercise Red Flag

Su30-MKINew Delhi, Aug 23: The Indian Air Force software experts from Bangalore based Software Development Institute (SDI) indigenously developed software patches to make Su30-MKI avionics compatible with NATO operational philosophy.

This wholly indigenous effort has saved valuable foreign. The IAF is participating in the exercise Red Flag, which is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in USA.


Sobha Developers to raise Rs 350 crore through rights issue

Sobha Developers to raise Rs 350 crore through rights issueSobha Developers Ltd, Bangalore-based realty developer, is planning to raise Rs 350 crore through a rights issue.

According to sources, the company will conduct an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on September 22 to get the required shareholders approvals for the rights issue. It plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital, acquiring land and other needs.


Sanyo Electric to terminate 50:50 JV with BPL

Sanyo Electric to terminate 50:50 JV with BPLSanyo Electric has informed that the company is likely to call off the 50:50 joint venture with Bangalore-based BPL, for manufacturing cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions by the year-end.

Further, the company stated that it has made the decision as it wants to focus on plasma and LCD televisions, batteries, industrial cooling systems while not being saddled with conventional colour televisions.


Technical snag forces Sonia Gandhi''s plane to land in Bangalore

Sonia GandhiBangalore, Sept. 4 : A private aircraft carrying Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday made an emergency landing at the airport in Bangalore following a technical problem.

Gandhi and Chidambaram were flying in a Falcon aircraft to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, sources at the Bengaluru International Airport said.

Gandhi is scheduled to address a public meeting at Erode later on Thursday evening.

An aircraft from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was sent to the airport for taking them to Coimbatore, they said. (ANI)


DBS Bank opens its new branch in Bangalore

DBS Bank opens its new branch in BangaloreLeading financial services group in Asia, DBS Bank, has announced the opening of its branch in Bangalore, five months after getting sanction from the RBI, to expand its footprints across the country.

The bank will stretch its products and services to multinational corporations, public sector undertakings, blue-chip corporates, SMEs and individual customers in the city.


Jayalalithaa takes Centre to task of US-India nuke deal

JayalalithaaChennai/Bangalore, Sept 11 : Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and president of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) J. Jayalalithaa has charged the Central Government with compromising the country''s sovereign right to conduct further atomic tests.


Chandrayaan-I successfully undergoes thermal vacuum test

Bangalore, Sep 11 : The Chandrayaan-I satellite has successfully undergone the thermal vacuum test even as Indian space scientists achieved a major milestone inching closer to the country’s first mission to the moon.

A formal announcement on the date of the eagerly awaited launch is expected to be made by Chairman of the Bangalore-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) G Madhavan Nair next week.

The two-week vacuum test to evaluate the thermal design of the spacecraft and to verify its endurance in the harsh environment of space, has just been completed at ISRO Satellite Centre here, sources in the space agency said.


BJP ready to renegotiate nuke deal with US if elected

BJP protests against inflation in JaipurBangalore, Sept 12 : In a significant development the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Friday that they were ready to negotiate Nuclear Deal with the US if they are voted to power.

While talking to media in Bangalore at the sidelines of the National Executive Meeting today senior BJP leader M. Venkaiha Naidu made it clear that if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) elected to power they were ready to negotiate the nuke deal with US.

However he came down on United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for bungling nuclear deal.


BJP demands clarification from Centre on nuke deal

UPA & BJPBangalore, Sept 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Government on the alleged holding back of information regarding the India-US nuclear deal.

Speaking to reporters on Friday in Bangalore where the members of the party have assembled to chalk out the strategy for the forthcoming General and Assembly elections, senior leader of BJP Jaswant Singh said that the agreement does not transform political commitments of the two countries into legally binding commitments.


UPA’s softness on terror compromising national pride: Modi

UPA’s softness on terror compromising national pride: ModiBangalore, Sept 13 : Accusing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of being soft on terror and of following “minority friendly” policies in dealing with the menace, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that his government is determined to carry on the battle “both against terrorists and against those who prevent us from fighting terror.”


UPA’s nuke deal assurance patently false, misleading: BJP

UPA’s nuke deal assurance patently false, misleading: BJPBangalore, Sept 13 : Appealing to all Indians to set the country free from th e”curse of the misrule of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday warned that the nation is in the midst of a crisis on nearly all fronts.

In passing a hard hitting political resolution on the second day of three-day Nationla Executive held here, BJP primarily targeted the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation deal.


Kashmiri separatists need to be dealt with a heavy hand: BJP

Bangalore, Sept. 13 : Taking Friday’s demand of “nationalizing the route of the Amarnath yatra” forward on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) once again reiterated and declared that no part of India would be allowed to secede, whether it was in the opposition or, in power.

The message coming through its political resolution here today on developments in Jammu and Kashmir, was – deal with separatist elements in the Kashmir Valley and their patrons across the border with a “very heavy hand”.


BJP hits out at UPA Government

Bangalore, Sept 13 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lambasted the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government on the issues of inflation and terrorism in Bangalore on Saturday.

Briefing media of the party''s three-day conclave, which began on Friday, Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chattisgarh took the government to task on several accounts including the vexed one of inflation and terrorism.


Narendra Modi calls for a united stand against terrorism

Bangalore/New Delhi, Sept 14 : Gujarat Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Modi today urged the country to unite against terrorism.

"I don''t want to blame anyone. As far as terrorism is concerned, it is my conviction that country''s voice must be united," said Modi, who is here to attend a conclave of BJP.

Modi''s remarks came in the wake of the five serial blasts that shook New Delhi on Saturday evening, killing around 30 people and injuring around 125.

Earlier, he said that his state police had informed the Centre in advance about a detailed plan of the terrorists to hit the Capital. He also attacked the UPA for being "soft" on terrorism.


Situation continues to remain tense over attack on churches in Karnataka

Situation continues to remain tense over attack on churches in KarnatakaMangalore/Bangalore, Sept 15 : Karnataka police dispersed clashing groups of people as situation continued to remain tense for the second day on Monday over the attack on churches in Mangalore.

Activists of Bajrang Dal are reportedly suspected to be involved in the attacks on at least nine churches during Sunday mass at various places in Karnataka, protesting against alleged conversion of Hindus into Christianity.


Forcible conversion unacceptable: Yeddyurappa

Forcible conversion unacceptable: YeddyurappaBangalore, Sept 15 : Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday urged Christian missionaries not to indulge in forcible conversion, as it is unacceptable in a democracy.

Yeddyurappa said, "There is no room for forcible conversion in democracy. No one should indulge in it."

The Karnataka Chief Minister appealed to people to maintain calm and asserted that action would be taken against those responsible for the attacks on churches in Mangalore, Udupi and Chikmagalur.


Prachanda assures Indian investors of conducive business atmosphere

Prachanda assures Indian investors of conducive business atmosphereBangalore, Sept 17 : Nepal''s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" on Wednesday invited Indian investors to invest in Nepal and promised them a conducive business atmosphere in his country.

The Nepalese Maoist leader who is on a five day goodwill visit to India attended a luncheon meet organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore on Wednesday.


Karnataka offers 1,000 acres of land to Tata

KarnatakaBangalore, Sept 18 : Karnataka government today offered 1,000 acres of land in case the company decides to relocate its Nano car project.

After the meeting with State Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Tata Motors Managing Director G Ravikanth said that Karnataka would give all support, assistance and required incentives in case of re-locating the plant

"The project requires about 1,000 acres of land. It is an integrated project," Ravikanth said.


Fresh incidents of attack on churches in Bangalore

Bangalore, Sept 21: Fresh incidents of attack on churches in BangaloreThree churches were reportedly attacked in Bangalore this morning.

According to reports, some unidentified persons attacked the churches in Mariyannapalya, Banasawadi and Rajarajeswara Nagar here at around 4:30 a. m. today.

The attacks came after the arrest of Bajrang Dal state convenor Mahendra Kumar on Friday night from Mangalore in connection with the recent communal violence in the state.


Yeddyurappa to review situation in Karnataka after attack on churches

Bangalore, Sept 22 :Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa will review the prevailing law and order situation in the state with his cabinet ministers here today, after the recent attacks on churches.

Even yesterday, a mob had attacked three churches in the city. Earlier, on September 14, suspected activists of Bajrang Dal attacked at least nine churches in the state as a mark of protest against the alleged conversion of Hindus to Christianity.


Bangalore Archbishop protests attacks on churches

KarnatakaBangalore, Sept. 22 : The Archbishop of Bangalore, Bernard Moras, has strongly protested the attack on at least 20 churches, which resulted in injuries to 34 people, including five policemen.

``I am saying publicly we are very deeply hurt,'''' Morras told Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa in the presence of reporters.

``What will you do if your temple is destroyed?'''' Moras asked Yeddyurappa, a senior BJP leader in Karnataka.

Yeddyurappa said the violence was unacceptable. ``We also are hurt'''' by the attacks, he said.


Churches Vandalized In Bangalore

For the first time Bangalore today, Sep 21, bore the brunt of the communal tension Churches Vandalized In Bangalorethat has gripped the state of Karnataka following the communal row. Bangalore faced communal row as a rowdy mob targeted two churches in Karnataka's capital city, this morning. 

The attacks took place at Mariam Palya and Raja Rajeshwari Nagar early in the morning. An incident of stone pelting was reported at the Raja Rajeshwari church, while the church at Mariam Palaya was damaged by agitating groups. 


Women can serve alcohol: Karnataka High Court

Bangalore, KarnatakaBangalore, Sept 24 : The Karnataka High Court in a land mark judgment gave ruling which allowed the employment of women at places that serve alcohol here today.

The ruling also quashes the existing “Karnataka Excise Act 1965”, which prohibits women from working at such places including pubs, dance bars and live bands, where liquor is served.

The High Court while announcing its verdict also referred to a similar judgment by the Supreme Court last year, which permitted women to be employed as bar tenders provided their security was ensured.


Subex inks $50 million contract with British Telecom

Subex inks $50 million contract with British Telecom

Bangalore-based Subex Limited has signed a three-year framework contract with British Telecom (BT) to provide the company with products and services in the domains of revenue assurance, fraud detection, interconnect billing and event integrity.

The deal is valued at $ 50 million.


Dynamatic Technologies acquires 12 MW wind farm

Dynamatic Technologies acquires 12 MW wind farmBangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies has informed that it has acquired a 12 mw wind farm at Coimbatore from Tamilnadu Petroproducts.

The company said that the wind farm will generate approximately 18 million units of power annually and help reduce monthly energy costs by 85 percent at its Chennai complex. However, the value of the deal has not been disclosed by the company.

Dynamatic Technologies Limited produces engineered products for automotive, aerospace, agricultural equipment, and construction equipment industries in India and internationally.


Create separate force to fight terrorism: Shivraj Patil

Shivraj PatilBangalore, Oct 5 : Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has asked the Karnataka Government to set up a new force on the lines of Indo-Tibetan border force for coastal region to fight terrorism in the State.

Addressing a late night press conference in Bangalore on Saturday, after reviewing the law and order situation, the Union Home Minister said the centre would extend all possible assistance to the State.

Patil was in Bangalore to review the law and order situation and earlier in the day he had gone to Puttaparti to take the blessings of the Sai Baba.


Jubilant Organosys inks JV pact with US-based Eli Lilly

Jubilant Organosys, an India-based integrated pharmaceuticals industry player, has formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with the US-based multinational drug major Eli Lilly to develop molecules across several therapeutic areas.

This is the first time that any global discovery drug company has shaped a JV with an Indian firm.

Under the arrangement, the joint venture will work on drugs in oncology, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular and diabetes segments and will offer pre-clinical work besides developing the molecules through to phase-II clinical testing.


Chandrayaan to be launched on October 22

Chandrayaan to be launched on October 22Bangalore, Oct 6 : Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned mission to moon is scheduled to be launched from the spaceport of Sriharikota at 6.20 a. m. on October 22, Indian Space Research Organisation sources have said.

The satellite was transported from here to Sriharikota in a special vehicle last week and has reached the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR).

The spacecraft is expected to be mated with ISRO''s workhorse rocket, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C11) later this week, the sources told media.


Attacks on Christians spread to Tamil Nadu

Dharmapuri (TN)/Bangalore, Oct 7 : Attacks on Christians spread to Tamil NaduAttacks on Christians have now spread to Tamil Nadu. Miscreants have broken statues inside a Christian school in the state''s Dharmapuri District.

The incident took place inside the ''Our Lady high School'' at Mathagondapalli near Thali in Dharmapuri District on Saturday night.

The school authorities have filed a complaint with the police.


India set to launch Chandrayaan One on October 22

ChandrayaanBangalore, Oct 10 : Chandrayaan I, India ''s spacecraft mission to moon will be launched on October 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikotta.

The spacecraft has been fully integrated with all instruments and is presently under going final stages of tests at the launch complex.

ISRO Chairman Mr Madhavan Nair said the mating of the spacecraft with the launch vehicle and the satellite would take place on October 17.


Shivraj Patil to visit violence-hit Bangalore today

Union Home Minister Shivraj PatilBangalore, Oct 14: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will arrive here today to review the steps taken to control the violence, following a fresh attack on a church in Bangalore on Monday.

The Archbishop of Bangalore Catholic church is expected to meet Patil with his petition.

Earlier, a two-member Union Home Ministry team visited the state. The team, led by M L Kumawat, Special Secretary (Internal Security), held discussions with the Karnataka Police about the recent attacks on churches in the state.


Young Man Hangs Himself To Death; Family Clueless

Young Man Hangs Himself To Death; Family CluelessOn the Monday morning, the parents of Abhay Pratap Singh got the worst shock of their life, when they came to know that their son has hanged himself to death by the ceiling fan. Abhay, a 25 year old young man had just a month ago joined Satyam Computers in Bangalore. 

He used to live with his three room-mates at Parappana Agrahara, who also happened to be his colleagues. Abahay's brother also works in Bangalore with an MNC and stays in a house at HSR Layout. Abhay's father, P N Singh, is a police officer at Jharkhand.  


Recently booted Thai prime minister Samak has cancer

Bangkok - Former Thai prime minister Samak Sundaravej, who was forced out of office last month by a court ruling, said Saturday that he has cancer.

The rotund, outspoken Samak, 73, said that after the court ruling, abdominal pains prompted him to seek medical treatment and doctors discovered he has liver cancer, he told a local television programme.

An operation to alleviate the cancer had gone well, he said.


Phoenix To Invest Rs 450 Crore In Hospitality, Floriculture

Phoenix To Invest Rs 450 Crore In Hospitality, FloricultureBangalore-based hospitality firm Phoenix Group Global has announced that the company has set aside Rs 450 crore to set up its branded luxury hotels and resorts and expand its floriculture business in India.

The group, which runs three hotels across the country, now proposes to come up with its own hotels and resorts, under the Zuri brand.

To expand its floriculture business in India, the company envisages pumping Rs 150 crore.


Royal Orchid inks pact with Ramada brand to open 10 hotels in India by 2011

Bangalore-based Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd (ROHL) has entered into an alliance with the Ramada brand, a part of Wyndham Group, to open ten Ramada brand hotels in India by 2011. The hotels will be managed by ROHL.

ROHL already has exclusive development rights for the Ramada brand to handle hotels across Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Under the arrangement, Wyndham, which has more than 6500 hotels across the globe, would offer its reservation, marketing and sales support to ROHL, for which it would charge a reasonable “small percentage” of room revenue.

In a separate release, ROHL has informed that it has launched the Ramada Bangalore, a four-star hotel or upper mid-scale hotel in the city.


India''s manned mission not before 2012, says G. Madhavan Nair

Bangalore, Oct 24 : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair has said that India''s manned mission would take atleast another three years.

India''s space programme took a leap on Wednesday when the ISRO undertook a flawless lift off of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying Chandrayaan-I, a cuboid spacecraft which includes a Moon Impactor Probe gadget.

India hopes to send an astronaut into space by 2012 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020.

The Indian Government has approved the launch of Chandrayaan-2, which is expected to take off between 2010 and 2012, and will include a rover that will land on the moon. 


Light Combat Aircraft to be delivered by 2011: Antony

Union Defence Minister A K AntonyBangalore, Oct 25 : Union Defence Minister A K Antony today said that the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) would be delivered to the Indian Air Force by 2011.

Talking to media during his visit at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Antony said, "The final operational clearances for the indigenously developed aircraft will be given by 
2010."

Antony, who also witnessed an air show in which latest aircraft including LCA, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and SARAS showed their capabilities and strength, said that LCA and ALH ''Dhruv'' would be the prized induction in Air Force.


ISRO says Chandrayaan-I progressing smoothly towards Moon

G Madhvan NairBangalore, Oct 25 : ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair has said that Chandrayaan-1 has covered 20 percent of its journey towards moon as scientists on Saturday performed the second orbit-raising manoeuvre.

“So far, Indian-made satellites have reached to a height of only 36,000 km. Today’s firing has taken Chandrayaan-1 to something like 75,000 km. That’s well beyond what we have reached so far. It was a good event, and done precisely,” Nair, also secretary in the Department of Space, said.


Antony says light combat aircraft Tejas will be part of IAF by 2011

A K AntonyBangalore, Oct 25 : Defence Minister A K Antony today said that the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project is very much on track and there was no question of abandoning the programme, which would be completed by 2011.

“I can tell you with all confidence by end of 2010, the LCA is expected to get its full operational clearance and by 2011, I am sure IAF will be able to get the first delivery of the aircraft,” Antony told reporters, after reviewing the performance of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).


Chandrayaan-1 enters deep space

Chandrayaan-1Bangalore, Oct 27 : Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, India''s maiden moon mission, on Sunday crossed the 1,50,000 km distance mark from Earth and entered deep space.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in a statement on Sunday in Bangalore, said that the milestone was reached after the successful completion of the spacecraft''s third orbit raising manoeuvre.

ISRO also said that in the coming few days more orbit raising manoeuvres have been planned to take Chandrayaan-1 towards the Moon.


Chandrayaan-I left all cheerful but Byalalu villagers high and dry

Chandrayaan 1Byalalu (Bangalore), Oct. 27 : The launch of India''s maiden moon mission Chandrayaan-I from Sriharikota recently cheered all across India, except the residents of Byalalu and Chandrappa Circle villages near Bangalore where Deep Space Network is tracking the Chandrayaan – 1 satellite with the help of two large antennae.

Villagers here lament that the state government acquired their land at a very low rate for the project a few years ago. But today they feel cheated in comparison to those who can currently sell off their land at many times higher than that prices.


Global Recession Hits Karnataka's IT Industry

Indian IT hub, Bangalore is also facing the heat of the global recession. The IT industry of state of Karnataka has suffered 5 percent decline in manpower utilization.

Employment opportunities have also decreased by 3 to 5 percent during the April-September 2008 period. It has been established in a report based on the survey conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the Southern Region.

IT sector witnessed low demand following global financial crisis. A decline of 2-3 percent in pricing (billing) during the first half of the current financial was also noticed. Overall decrease in the demand from European countries is also a cause of concern for the Indian IT industry.


Wipro BPO to set up business shared services centre in Curitiba, Brazil

Bangalore, Oct 31 : Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited announced that its Business Process Outsourcing division, Wipro BPO, is setting up a Shared Services centre for AmBev, the largest brewery company in Latin America with leading brands like Brahma, Becks, Stella and Antarctica.

The Shared Services Centre will provide services to AmBev across Latin America in the areas of Finance and Accounting, Order Management, Customer Services and HR Services. The partnership is expected to provide significant financial benefits and leverage transformation opportunities across AmBev operations in the region. These services will be provided from Wipro''s facility at Curitiba in Brazil.


Round-the-clock Emergency Response Service started for public

Round-the-clock Emergency Response Service started for public

Arogya Kavacha-108, a round-the-clock Emergency Response Service was launched in Bangalore on Saturday by former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava Day. This project has been taken up by the State Government in partnership with the Hyderabad-based Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI).

Presently five districts — Bangalore, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Davangere and Bellary have been covered under the new scheme. On Saturday, 66 ambulances commenced their operation under the project in Bangalore.


Kumble sees bright future for Indian cricket under Dhoni

Kumble sees bright future for Indian cricket under DhoniBangalore, Nov 4 : Former Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble sees a bright future for Indian cricket under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who succeeded him.

"Dhoni has done exceptionally well and we have a very able leader in him,” Kumble told a news conference in Bangalore, his hometown, on Monday.

“I think the time was right for me to move on and the Indian cricket is definitely in good hands and the team looks pretty set to become number one in all forms of the game," added Kumble.


Chandrayaan-I enters lunar orbit

Chandrayaan-I Bangalore, Nov 4 : Chandrayaan-1, India''s spacecraft mission to moon has entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory after the fifth and final orbit raising manoeuvre was carried out on Tuesday morning

According to ISRO spokesperson S Satish, "Chandrayaan-1 has entered the lunar transfer trajectory and is heading to an apogee of 3,80,000 KM, expected to happen on Saturday evening, the time at which the lunar orbit insertion manoeuvres are planned to be carried out."

During this manoeuvre the spacecraft''s 440 Newton liquid engine was fired for 145 seconds.


BSNL Launches Web Conferencing Service In Bangalore

BSNL Launches Web Conferencing Service In BangalorePublic sector telecom operator BSNL has launched its Web Conferencing that would permit audio, video and image transfer facility to its broadband customers.

Police commissioner Shankar Bidari inaugurated the BSNL Web Conferencing service in Bangalore on Monday.

While explaining the salient features of Web Conferencing, BSNL Karnataka Principal General Manager Subendu Ghosh stated that audio, video and image transfer could be done simultaneously through this new facility.


Free Treatment For Poor Diabetic Children

Free Treatment For Poor Diabetic Children Jnana Sanjeevani Medical Centre at Marenahalli in Bangalore will provide medical care and insulin injection to 100 children, from below poverty line families till they complete schooling, under a free diabetic treatment programme.

This programme is supported by Sarojini Damodaran Charitable Trust.

Dr Srikanta, diabetologist and member of the Trust, said that the Centre mainly caters to children with type-1 diabetes, in which insulin shots form their lifeline.


ISRO to develop Sun mission ''Aditya'', says G. Madhavan Nair

ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan NairBangalore, Nov 10 : After the success of Chandrayaan -1, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has conceptually developed a Sun mission called ''Aditya''.

Talking to ANI here, ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair, said the success of Chandrayaan -1 has boosted the confidence of ISRO scientists to look beyond the moon.

"Aditya has been approved and its operations would begin soon. Sun mission is very critical and one of its kind in the global space research," Nair added.


Sreesanth denies brawl at birthday party

Sreesanth denies brawl at birthday partyIndian bowler, S Sreesanth ruled out any quarrel at his birthday party held at an apartment in Bangalore. He said that media reports are baseless and nothing wrong happened in his presence.

He said that it was, infact, a small gathering of close friends who were dancing and enjoying in his apartment on music beats. He criticized his neighbors for spreading baseless rumors for cheap publicity. Regarding the charges of bleeding, Sreesanth said it was due to the injury, caused by fall of a brick on the head of one of his friend.


Chandrayaan-I lands on Moon with tri-colour

Chandrayaan-I lands on Moon with tri-colourBangalore, Nov 15: Chandrayaan-1, India''s first moon mission achieved a significant landmark on Friday when the Moon Impact Programme, (MIP) was ejected by the spacecraft successfully onto the lunar surface with National Tri-Colour.

The MIP detached itself from Chandrayaan-1 about 100 km from the moon''s surface and crash-landed on the south pole of the moon exactly at 8:06 p. m last night It took 25 minutes to reach the Moon at a speed of 1.09 kilometres per second.


IIM-B placements dispel fears of gloomy job scenario

IIM-B placements dispel fears of gloomy job scenario The fears of low placement period for management students in the coming months may prove wrong as the summer placements at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, were encouraging. The placement session ended on Saturday. 

A total of 24% of the batch of 268 students confirmed positions in consulting firms cutting across finance, strategy and marketing functions. The single largest consulting sector recruiter was McKinsey and Co, which took five students. 


Campaign against drunk driving launched by Diageo and MTV

Campaign against drunk driving launched by Diageo and MTVIn a press conference on Monday, Liquor giant Diageo Plc, in association with MTV, kicked off Guardian Angel campaign against drunk driving. The campaign, to be based in Mumbai and Bangalore - the two cities considered as prominent party cities by the companies - a team of ambassadors dressed as angels will visit key watering holes.


Bangalore cobbler wants to be famous with miniature shoes

karnatakaBangalore, Nov. 19 : A roadside cobbler in Bangalore city has nurtured a big dream to earn name and fame for himself. He is determined to one day realize it by raising a collection of miniature shoes and sandals.

Fifty-year-old K. R. Shivshankar maintains a 6` by 3`shop, where he spends his day mending and polishing shoes and sandals of the passers by.


Bangalore gets its first foreign consulate

Frank Walter SteinmeierBangalore, India - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday opened the first foreign consulate in India's information-technology hub of Bangalore.

More than 120 German firms operate in or near the southern city of 8 million people, including carmaker Daimler AG and software company SAP AG.


Indian biotech industry expected to grow despite global meltdown

Indian biotech industry expected to grow despite global meltdownBangalore, Nov 22: India's biotechnology industry is confident of excellent augmentation in the coming years despite global meltdown.

Experts feel that the Indian biotechnology industry, which currently holds only two percent share of the global market, has the potential to grow and emerge as global player in coming years.


Freddie Flintoff still feeling gloomy about Kanpur ODI loss

Freddie Flintoff still feeling gloomy about Kanpur ODI lossBangalore, Nov. 22: England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was still angry last night at the injustice of England’s defeat.

All-rounder Freddie said the farcical conclusion of the third one-day international "left a bad taste in the mouth."

Former players who insisted the regulations must be changed to allow a proper game of cricket supported him, reports The Sun.


Pietersen fears Guwahati ODI may also be affected by bad light

Bangalore, Nov. 22 : England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has warned that the one-day international to be played at Guwahati, could also be decided by the Duckworth-Lewis rules, as bad light could curtail play.

Guwahati is the venue for the sixth one-dayer on November 29.

"They [the authorities] will have to do something about Guwahati. We are going to start there at 8.30 a. m. but that will still not make too much of a difference. It could get dark there by 3.30 p. m.," Cricinfo quoted Pietersen, as saying.

Guwahati is located in the north east and the sun sets earlier in the region than elsewhere in India.


Mumbai martyr''s father gives cold-shoulder to Kerala Chief Minister

NSGBangalore, Dec. 1 : An angry father of slain National Security Guard (NSG) commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan on Monday refused to accept the condolences of Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

Directing his anger at the politician, K. Unnikrishnan, Sandeep''s father asked Achuthanandan to leave his home immediately.

As commandos gunned down the last of the militants on Saturday, ending the gun battle that started late on Wednesday night, local television channels were divided between covering the operations and an outpouring of venom against both the ruling Congress party-led coalition and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


''W2M satellite'' to be launched on December 20

Bangalore, Dec 11 : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set itself one more milestone to achieve, that of launching the ''W2M satellite'', a communication satellite developed by the agency, from French Guyana on December 20.

Built over a period of 26 months, this 3462-kilogram spacecraft is the heaviest developed by ISRO.

K. R. Sridhara Murthy, Managing Director, Antrix Corporation (ISRO''s commercial arm) said the communication satellite has been built for European EADS Astrium, a subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), and is currently undergoing launch preparations.


India to develop Nanotechnology

Hamid AnsariBangalore, Dec 13 : Vice President Hamid Ansari today said that public funding for scientific and technological research and development should aim at enhancing public welfare and economic development.


Dr Kalam turns teacher to Karnataka MLAs

Bangalore, Dec 13 : Repeat whatever I say ok, yes sir repeated the pupils. " I will lead an honest life free from all corruption and will set an example for others to adopt a transparent way of life," said former President A P J Abdul Kalam while inaugurating an orientation camp for first-time legislators in Karnataka.

During a three day orientation camp organized by Karnataka Government and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), Dr. Kalam in his usual style prepared himself to teach these batches of MLAs and MLCs on good governance, constituency management and other critical issues concerning development.

Talking to media Dr. Kalam said that this orientation programmes was an important tool to promote development.


Attract students by inspiring teaching and create role models: Hamid Ansari

Attract students by inspiring teaching and create role models: Hamid AnsariBangalore, Dec. 14 : The Vice-President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, on Sunday stressed the need for inspiring teaching and creating role models.


''Buckingham Palace'' in Bangalore!

Bangalore, Dec. 21 : Hundreds of curious people are thronging to watch the 16 feet high Buckingham Palace model put on display at the 36th annual Nilgiri''s Cake Exhibition being held here.

Every year, apart from varieties rich plum cakes, marzipans, chocolates, cookies, ice creams, dairy desserts and X''mas goodies, an exclusive gigantic cake is the main attraction of this popular annual exhibition.

And, this year, the cynosure of eyes is the Buckigham Palace shaped model cake, structured from sugar sans any external reinforcement.


Panic Among Parents After Polio-Related Death Rumours

Panic Among Parents After Polio-Related Death Rumours A rumour of death of two infants after taking polio drops, triggers panic among parents in the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. A local Kannada channel news telecast that many children in Bangalore had died after taking the drops, also created panic in different parts of the city. 


Bangalore IPL Team Is Not For Sale: Mallya

Bangalore IPL Team Is Not For Sale: MallyaVijay Mallya, the owner of the Bangalore Indian Premier League team dismissed information that the team was up for sale as the trading window for the second season opened on Monday.

Mallya said, “There has been some misinterpretation of a statement issued by my Bangalore office. The Bangalore IPL team is not for sale and neither do we seek to transfer a majority of our current players.”


Indian Rose industry doing well

Indian Rose industry doing wellBangalore, Dec. 29 : While markets across the world are stated to be affected by the global slowdown, the Indian rose industry is doing good business even after Christmas.

With New Year and Valentines round the corner there is enthusiasm in the rose industry here. The cut flower industry of Bangalore city is reaping profits from the increasing export orders, owing to the weakening rupee against other currencies.

Exporters say that they are receiving orders from across the globe including Europe, Germany, France and Japan. Netherlands accounts for the maximum share of exports.


Student Intrudes Into Bangalore Army Camp, Shot Dead

A 20 year old, first year student of Baldwin College, was shot dead early in the morning on Sunday when he intruded into the Flag Staff House in Bangalore.

Army guards shot him as they thought him to be a terrorist when he entered a Brigadier's residence and there after tried to flee.

The student, identified as Mohammad Mukarram, was drag racing with some of his friends on MG Road when the police chased them away.

Mukarram ran and entered the Flag Staff House.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) , BK Singh,  said that the student did not surrender when asked to do so by the sentries and they thus fired three rounds.

Police said that Mukarram was taken to a hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.


Threat calls flood IT firms

Threat calls flood IT firms Terrorists have targeted the information technology companies in Bangalore. Some unidentified persons made calls and sent e-mails threatening to blow up few IT companies, including Infosys and Wipro.

The mails and calls, made just after the recent Mumbai terror attacks, have put the City police on high alert.

15 threatening mails and calls have been received so far.

There are numerous IT companies in the State, which serve as one of the main sources of revenue for the government.


Satyam chairman Ramalinga Raju resigns, admits financial wrong-doing

Satyam chairman Ramalinga Raju resigns, admits financial wrong-doingBangalore, Jan 7 : The Chairman of Satyam Computers, B Ramalinga Raju, today resigned after admitting to major financial wrong-doings.

The resignation of Ramalinga Raju has come as a shock to the board. In his letter to the board, he wrote that company has accounted exaggerated revenues over the years.

Raju, in his resignation letter, admitted to have inflated cash and bank balances of Rs 5,040 crore as against Rs 5,361 crore reflected in the books of accounts.


Indian women''s hockey teams prepare for foreign tours

Indian women''s hockey teams prepare for foreign toursBangalore, Jan 8 : The Indian junior and senior women''s hockey teams are training seriously in Bangalore for forthcoming international tours.

The senior team will take part in a four-nation tournament in Santiago, Chile from January 17.

The 22-member squad is expected to fly into Santiago on January 15, where they will play against Italy, Argentina and host Chile.


Mallya Has Not Yet Finalized Rahul Dravid As The Skipper For RCB

Mallya Has Not Yet Finalized Rahul Dravid As The Skipper For RCBVijay Mallya, owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has maintained that he has not yet finalized Rahul Dravid as the skipper of the Indian Premier League team.

Commenting over the media report that Dravid has been retained as captain of the team, Mallya said, "Who said so? After all, I am the boss of the team. I will decide who will be the captain."


World Bank banned Wipro for 4 yrs in '07

World Bank banned Wipro for 4 yrs in '07The World Bank had banned Indian IT giant, Wipro Technologies on account of extending undesired benefits to its employees in 2007. The company would not able to do business with bank for four years till 2011.

Earlier, beleaguered IT service provider Satyam Computers was also banned to do business with WB following serious bribery charges. Hyderabad-based Megasoft Consultants has also been banned for four years on similar grounds.


Software major Mindtree Limited posts 16.6 percent growth in Q3

Global IT company Mindtree LimitedBangalore, Jan. 19 : Global IT company Mindtree Limited announced its results today for the third quarter ended December 31, 2008 as approved by its Board of Directors.

The company announced that its software revenues had grown by 16.6 percent Quarter over Quarter (QoQ) and 93.4 percent Year over Year (YoY) to Rs 3,638 Million.

In rupee terms, EBITDA for the quarter was 30.5 percent against 27.8 percent in Q2 2008-09 and 16.8 percent in Q3 2007-08. This reflects a QoQ growth of 28 percent and a YoY growth of 251.6 percent, a company statement said.


Wipro Q3 up nine percent

Wipro Q3 up nine percentBangalore, Jan 22 : Indian No. 3 outsourcer Wipro Ltd met expectations with an 8.7 percent rise in quarterly profit, but gave a downbeat outlook as its Western clients clamoured for lower prices, sending its shares down.

Wipro forecast its information technology services revenue, including from its acquisition of Citi Technology Services, at 1.05 billion dollars in the current quarter, down seven percent from the October-December period.


Robin Uthappa Might Be Named As The Next Skipper For Bangalore IPL Team

Robin Uthappa Might Be Named As The Next Skipper For Bangalore IPL TeamMumbai Indians and Bangalore's Royal Challengers have reached a transfer agreement to swap explosive batsman Robin Uthappa and left-hand fast bowler Zaheer Khan for the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

The IPL transfer window opened on December 22 and it was reported that Mumbai Indians were "looking specifically" for an Indian fast bowler.


Four People killed in Banglore''s hit-and-run case

 Four People killed in Banglore''s hit-and-run caseBangalore, Jan 24, : A Honda Accord car killed four persons and injured one, in a hit-and-run case here on Saturday morning and fled from the spot.

The three of the victims were identified as Dr. Pathanur, Kempe Gowda and Siddiah.

The only injured has been taken to the nearby hospital in Manipal.

The accident took place in the morning in one of the city''s posh area, in Indira Nagar, when the driver of the car lost the control and knocked down five people. (ANI)


Couple arrested with the valuables of Rs one crore

Bangalore, Karnataka,Bangalore, Jan 24, : A top police official said on Saturday that a couple has been arrested for looting the valuables of Rs. one crore from their employer's house in Bangalore.

According to City Police Commissioner Madhu V. Raju hired the couple, Mahesh (42) and his wife Vasanthi (40), three months ago at his residence in JP Nagar.

"But on December 30, in the absence of family members, the couple decamped with gold, silver, diamond jewellery and cash totally valued at Rs one crore", he added.

The couple got finally arrested on January 22 by a special team. (ANI)


Accused surrenders in Bangalore''s hit-and-run case

Accused surrenders in Bangalore''s hit-and-run case (lead: Honda Accident)Bangalore, Jan 24: The driver of the Honda Accord, Karthik Somaiah, who killed five persons in Bangalore today morning, surrendered before the Police after eluding them for hours.

Police said, "Somaiah was returning from a friend''s house in Koramangala to his Indiranagar home after overnight stay, rammed down a group of morning walkers today morning.

Somaiah is employed in a multinational bank and he surrendered in Shivajinagar Police station.


Karnataka Police arrests Ram Sena leader

National Commission for WomenBangalore, Jan 27, : Karnataka Police on Tuesday arrested the State convener of the Sri Ram Sena, Prasad Attavar for his role in the attack on women at a pub in Mangalore.

The Police also arrested Pramod Muthalik, the president of the Karnataka unit.

Public anger prompted the law enforcement authorities to arrest Attavar.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has constituted a three-member team to investigate the attack.

The NCW has also asked the director general of police (DGP), Karnataka, to send an action taken report to the commission in the matter.


Karnataka women protest against attack on girls in Mangalore

Karnataka women protest against attack on girls in MangaloreBangalore, Jan 28 : Women staged a human chain demonstration in Bangalore on Tuesday to protest against the attack on women by activists of the radical Sri Ram Sena in Mangalore last Saturday.

Holding placards and banners, the women raised slogans against attacks on progressively minded girls.

The activists also raised slogans against the State Government for not taking immediate action.


Better tie the nuptials or Rakhi on Valentine’s Day, warns Sri Ram Sena

Karnataka MapBangalore, Feb. 5 : Sri Rama Sena chief Pramod Muthalik has warned all couples planning to celebrate St. Valentine's Day in Karnataka, that they would be married off with all rituals and traditions or get ready to tie Rakhi (become brother and sister).

Sri Ram Sena was involved in the recent pub attack incident in Mangalore wherein the group activists allegedly abused and beat up women visitors as they tried to run for safety during vigilant attack.


Yeddyurappa asks Renuka to stop making irresponsible statements

Karnataka Chief Minister BS YeddyurappaBangalore, Feb 8 : Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday asked Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury to stop making irresponsible statements on the Mangalore pub attacks.

"Let her come and ascertain the facts. A probe is on and the truth will come out. Till then she should stop making comments on the state government," Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bangalore.


BEML picks order worth Rs 1672 crore; Stock soars 7%

BEML picks order worth Rs 1672 crore; Stock soars 7%Indian Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), has received an order worth Rs 1672 crore from Bangalore Metro Rail Corp to supply 150 metro rail coaches by October 2010.

In addition, BEML is also likely to get an additional order for 63 Metro coaches for further expansion and extension of proposed Metro lines in the city. The value of order will be about Rs 600 crore.

It may be noted that Bangalore-based Company earlier won an order worth Rs 1365 crore from Delhi Metro Rail Corp to supply rail coaches.


Hundreds of enthusiasts throng a chocolate exhibition in Bangalore

Hundreds of enthusiasts throng a chocolate exhibition in BangaloreBangalore, Feb 10: Hundreds of enthusiasts in Bangalore converged at Cocoa 09, India''s first chocolate exhibition, showcasing some monuments of the world and many other items, all made of chocolate.

This unique exhibition hosted by Nilgiri''s Dairy of Bangalore commenced on February 6 as a part of the International Lifestyle Exhibition at the sprawling Palace Grounds. It is open to public till February 15.


Boeing inks ‘MoU’ with BEML for the setup of centers in Bangalore and New Delhi

Boeing inks ‘MoU’ with BEML for the setup of centers in Bangalore and New DelhiUS-based aviation giant Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Public sector undertaking BEML, to develop analysis and experimentation centers in India.

Under the arrangement, both partners would set up analysis and experimentation centers in Bangalore and Delhi, to test military products.


IAF chief says uniformed pilots not involved in close Mumbai air mishap

IAF chief says uniformed pilots not involved in close Mumbai air mishapBangalore, Feb 12: Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major has defended his pilots and ruled out their involvement in a near collision involving two aircraft at Mumbai airport.

Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major told reporters here on Wednesday that the Air Force pilots were not at fault as they had got clearance to land from Air Traffic Control (ATC).


Unmanned air vehicle debuts at Aero India 2009

Bangalore, Feb 12 : Mantis, an autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by BAE Systems, Europe''s biggest defense company, made its international debut at the ongoing Aero India 2009 in Bangalore.

According to BAE, Mantis can be commanded and controlled by the person on ground through computer who can decide its route and even can decide its height.

"Special features are that it is very light weight, compact, flexible in operation and can be easily be carried on the back pack by two people," said Rajiv Kumar Sharma, a retired wing commander.


Corp Bank and Tata Motors signs deal for vehicle finance

Corp Bank and Tata Motors signs deal for vehicle financeTata group owned Tata Motors and Bangalore based Corporation Bank has signed a deal aimed to provide easy finance facilities to customers for purchase of passenger cars. The deal may help the company, facing low demand in auto sector under the impact of global slowdown and recession like conditions across the world.


Security concerns warrant better combating equipment: IAF chief

Security concerns warrant better combating equipment: IAF chiefBangalore, Feb 13 : Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major, has said that the current security scenario calls for the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles with better combat facilities.

Air Marshal Major said the Air Force is in the process of upgrading its combating edge.


India's only cosmonaut flies in Boeing FA-18 Super Hornet in Bangalore

India's only cosmonaut flies in Boeing FA-18 Super Hornet in BangaloreBangalore, Feb 14: India''s only cosmonaut, Wing Commander (retired) Rakesh Sharma flew in the Boeing-made FA-18 Super Hornet at Aero India 2009 in Bangalore on Friday.

Dressed in the pilot overhauls, Sharma (60) almost logged one-hour sortie as a part of the promotional flight programme by Boeing.

Incidentally, Boeing has bid for the Indian Air Force (IAF) medium multi-role combat aircraft deal.


First indigenously built water jet machine launched in Bangalore

India MapBangalore, Feb 14, : The Anjani Technoplast Limited (ATL) on Friday introduced an indigenously built water-jet machine with application in aerospace and defence industry here.

ATL marketing manager Sunil Sharma claimed that the water jet could cut through titanium, steel aluminium and alloys as well as composite materials.

"This is a high pressure technology. We can even cut steel up to 200 mm. We have supplied machines to various customers like titanium cutting, external steel cutting so this is a perfectly Indian machine. The first Indian manufacturers of such kinds of machines," he said.


Cisco To Help Network B'lore; Signs MoU With Karnataka Govt

Cisco To Help Network B'lore; Signs MoU With Karnataka GovtAs part of its worldwide Intelligent Urbanisation initiative, Cisco Systems has signed up a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Karnataka to launch ‘Intelligent Bengaluru’ pilot project in the city.

Under the MoU, the project launched by the state government and networking giant will focus on global sustainable solutions for public safety and security, transportation, buildings, power distribution, energy utilization, health care, education and environment conservation.


Infosys sets up a science foundation in Bangalore

Infosys IntradayBangalore, Feb 17 : IT major Infosys Technologies on Tuesday announced that it has set up a fund `Infosys Science Foundation', for awarding outstanding achievements in various fields.

This foundation would be funded by a corpus of 210.5 million rupees, contributed by the firm''s board members and an annual grant from Infosys Technologies Limited.

The trust would honour an annual award of five million rupees to the countrymen for their exceptional contribution in the arena of physical and mathematical sciences, engineering, life science and social sciences and economics.


Mother of all rallies on Feb 28

Almost six lakh students of the Bangalore University are expected to gather at the Palace Grounds on Saturday as the state government's anti-terror campaign is set to end with a grand valedictory function. The campaign had been flagged off by the government on January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  

Senior BJP leader LK Advani has been invited to deliver a keynote address. Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa will inaugurate the function. 

Hemanth Kumar/ DNA-Daily News & Analysis Source: 3D Syndication


Cops gaze into space as crimes head north

Mico Layout police ask neither for vehicles nor guns; they just need more personnel

The crime rate in Mico Layout, a mostly up-market area in south-east Bangalore, has been in a state of constant fluctuation over the last five years. But the graph has only been on an upward climb in recent times. There has been a 50% rise in crime at Mico Layout in the last one year.

Meanwhile, the police are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain law and order in the area. The reason for this could be attributed to the shortage of personnel at the Mico Layout police station. According to sources, the police force there is short of 17 constables, who are desperately required for guarding the crime-prone area.


Six killed 15 injured as bus plunges into Mandya lake

Mandya lakeA Shravanabelagola-bound bus from KR Pet fell into the dry bed of a lake on Tuesday evening killing six passengers on the spot and injuring over 15 others. The accident occured at around 7 pm even as the driver was trying to negotiate the bus on the narrow tankbund.

Some people had a miraculous escape as the tank — Deveerammani kere, a km after KR Pet in Mandya district — was dry. The ill-fated KSRTC bus had more than 60 people on board when the mishap occured.


Moot court winners set for Hong Kong

The Commonwealth Moot Court competition, organised by the first batch of law students from Christ University came to an end on February 22. "The Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) approached us with a proposal to organise the event,” said Swagata Raha, faculty secretary for the Moot Court. “CLEA has been organising the Moot Court competition, in which student teams representing universities from Commonwealth nations compete for the Turnbull Shield,” says Raha.


Traditional splendor

Feast your eyes on paintings that will leave you impressed. Works by artists such as Sharad Bharadwaj and Deepak Thimaya are up for sale at the Kahawa Art Gallery. While Sharad’s paintings focus on the abstract, dwelling on themes such as Ganesha, and life under water, Deepak Thimaya, a television anchor by profession, has worked on oil paintings, mostly on nature.

Also on display is Chittara Art — a collection of paintings by artists from the Centre for Revival of Indigenous Art (CRFIA).

At first glance, Chittara could be mistaken for Maharashtrian Warli art. But a closer look reveals intricate patterns that define the Chittara form of art.


Vibrant steps take the stage

After the successful series of dance performances organised by Attakkalari, the city gears up for a Kuchupudi performance

Bangalore enjoys its share of classical dance performances and is now geared up to witness a Kuchupudi performance. Meet artiste Surya Narayana Rao, a contemporary Kuchupudi and Bharatnatyam dancer. Surya is an active member of the Shivanatyam Institute of Visual Performing Arts and will be giving a solo Kuchupudi performance in Bangalore. Surya has been a part of Attakkalari India Biennial 2009, and after being appreciated by the Bangalore audience, he is ready to thrill them again with his next. 


Cops all set to prove, they can

Within a fortnight of the city police deciding to have a system of community policing with the active participation of residents, the Rajajinagar police are already on the roll to prove that they can deliver.

A list of 60 special officers has already been submitted to the police commissioner's office for clearance.


Chitralekha Urs murder case trial gains momentum

Two important witnesses, a photographer and videographer, deposed before the First Fast Track Sessions Court in Chitralekha Urs murder case on Wednesday.

Videographer Syed Amin (sub-inspector) and photographer Gopal Shetty were the witnesses. The third phase of the trail had to be adjourned by a day on Tuesday, owing to the absence of three witnesses. The video evidence of the finding of Chitralekha's body was also produced before Justice Savithri Vinayaka. Chitralekha's body was found at Shirdi Ghat in March 2004, two months after she had disappeared from Bangalore.


Fake documents: Govt sacks FSL's Dr Malini

She is accused of submitting false caste records and educational certificates

Bowing to opposition demand in the legislative council, the state government, on Wednesday, sacked Dr S Malini, assistant director of the Forensic Science Laboratory here, on charges of submitting fake documents that furnished wrong information about her caste, and educational qualification for joining the service.

Janata Dal (Seculer) leader MC Nanaiah, who raised the issue in the council, demanded the government to immediately sack Dr Malini from service.

He stated that Malini had not only submitted false caste records, but also fake certificates of educational qualification, including SSLC marks card.


Road rage case set for climax

A fast track court in the city is likely to pass its judgment on a two decade old road rage death case on March 3.

The accused in the case is Ashok Fernandez, son of former IAS officer and historian Praxie Fernandez. The case has been dragging on for the past two decades.

The First Fast Track Sessions Court judge Justice Savithri Vinayaka, who heard the case, has posted the judgment for March 3.

According to the prosecution, on January 11, 1990, Ashok, owner of a leading photo printing unit, allegedly shot at two motorcycle riders, Murali and his friend. While Murali died, his friend escaped with injuries.


Heroin haul alerts city police

Operation drug

The city police have launched an operation to detect possible heroin peddling in the city. This is following the haul of heroin by the Customs on Friday night. The officers had seized 2.5 kg of heroin estimated at Rs8 crore from a Nigerian and his partner, a girl from Imphal.

"Until now, we had no information about heroin and cocaine making the rounds in the narcotic distribution circles within the city. We have been asked to look out for any possible peddlers in these narcotics by our seniors," assistant commissioner of police Omkariah (Women and Narcotics Squad) of Central Crime Branch of the city police, said.


Colleges aid students bitten by work bug

Colleges are increasingly lending start-up capital to students wishing to start new ventures of their own

The incubation programmes in colleges have led students to start their own companies while studying. While some colleges are helping students with their initial capital investment, many others have programmes training them to set-up companies with zero capital. "We provide assistance to students, so that they become entrepreneurs, and not just employees," says Saket Jalan, chief mentor, Jain Centre for Entrepreneurship.


Want to land a good job? Re-work that CV

As colleges grapple with placements, students are busy re-working resumes and attending programmes on personality development and soft skills

With companies playing hard-to-get at campus placements, students from engineering and management colleges are re-working resumes to attract job offers.

"I've been going over my resume details, but don't feel confident that it will impress company officials. I've added information regarding the clubs on campus, which I joined and the various programmes we organised through the year. I hope that earns extra credit from the interviewer," says Abhijit Sabarwal, an engineering student.


Placement blues for B-schools

The global slump is rearing its head on B-school campuses, including the IIM-B

The tidings for the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), which will kick off the 2009 placement season on Friday, are not very good. If one is to go by the indications from other B-school campuses that are already into the process, it will be a tough placement season.


Paprikaas mulls new animation studio

Nandish Domlur, CEO and founder of the Bangalore-based digital content production company, Paprikaas Technicolor, feels the time is not ripe for India to get into content production yet. it has a lot more to learn from international companies, says the chief of the company which services big animation and gaming giants like Nickelodeon and EA Sports. In a chat with DNA Money’s Pranav Nambiar, Domlur discusses the state of the animation industry and his future plans.

Will India emerge as an animation and gaming hub?


This rally could wreck your weekend

1.25 lakh students expected to turn up at Palace Grounds on Saturday for anti-terror drive rally, but numbers could go up

Got plans for Saturday? Start early or drop the idea. The education department's huge anti-terror rally on Feb 28 at the Palace Grounds promises to be a traffic stopper. Over a lakh students are expected to take part in this mega event, which has already forced many people to reschedule their plans for the day.

So if you're on Bellary Road, Nandidurg Road, Vasanthnagar or Sadashivnagar, be prepared because the rally can cause a major traffic gridlock in these areas.


Security tightened in Dhaka, mutiny over

Security tightened in Dhaka, mutiny overDhaka, Feb 27 : Security has been tightened in Dhaka even though the mutiny by the paramilitary over pay and command structures ended overnight.

Search and rescue operations were underway by army personnel at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters on Friday morning.

Earlier, police resumed the search for alive or the deceased inside the headquarters.

According to reports, army troops headed by at least three Brigadier Generals have entered the headquarters for conducting rescue operations.


Classerville fancied

The three-year-old looks the best among the seven runners

The winner of the Managing Committee Cup (Div I), Classerville, should repeat when he takes to the starting gates of the Karnataka Racehorse Owners' Association Trophy, the main event of Bangalore's 3rd extra day's Winter Meeting to be held today.

Coming from the stable of S Padmanabhan and to be ridden by David Allan, this gelding should stand out among the seven runners in this six-furlong journey. Incidentally this is only his second outing after his triumphant debut early this month. Mystic Quest and Vivacity should be the others to make it to the board.

Selections

The Altenburg Stakes Div II (1100m): 1. Native Talent (3), 2. Gloriosa (5), 3. Saratoga (4)


MphasiS may hire more Americans for tax sops

will first evaluate costs and client willingness to increase onsite work

MphasiS Ltd, the Bangalore-based IT services firm that is now a part of international technology giant Hewlett-Packard, may add more Americans to its workforce to avail the tax breaks announced by US President Barack Obama on February 25.

Speaking to DNA Money, Ganesh Ayyar, chief executive officer, MphasiS Ltd, said, "The option of increasing Americans in our workforce is open to us in view of the recent announcements by US authorities. However, we will have to factor in many other things before that, like onsite cost versus margins. We also have to evaluate client willingness."


Bangalore geared up for jam-packed rally today

It's being billed as the mother of all rallies and probably another bad day for city traffic. The state higher education department's anti-terror campaign rally at the Palace Grounds on Saturday will see over 1.25 lakh students from Bangalore and adjoining rural areas participating.

The city police, which had a tough time manning traffic during the JD(S) rally in November last year, is not taking any chances. The police have asked people to avoid Bellary and Nandidurga Road on Saturday. The two roads that connect the rest of the city to central Bangalore are the two main entry points for the rally venue.


ACT Rolls Out Interactive TV Services In Bangalore

ACT Rolls Out Interactive TV Services In BangaloreWith a total investment of Rs 450 crores, ACT Television has launched its first interactive TV services (IPTV) in Bangalore, Karnataka.

ACT, which has now become the first company to introduce Interactive TV service in the city, also said that it will take its new service to other Indian cities such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh by the next 12 to 18 months.

The company said that Interactive TV is a system delivering content services to subscribers using Internet protocol through a broadband link in a closed network infrastructure.


Extortionists land in police net

Nine persons, allegedly belonging to the Ravi Pujari gang, were arrested for making phone calls to extort money from prominent city-based builders, police said on Friday.

A Central Crime Branch (CCB) team of the city police had investigated the case, following complaints registered at various police stations, including those in Cubbon Park and Ulsoor.

Police identified the accused persons as Kaviraj (32), Mohan (27), Shiva (33), Ibrahim (37), Mahesh (26), Santosh (31), Pradeep (28), Azad (32) and Udaya Kumara Hegde (45). While Santhosh hailed from Mangalore, Azad was from Uttar Pradesh.


Karthik Somaiah gets bail, finally

His car was involved in an accident that killed four men on Indiranagar 100-Feet Road in January

A fast track court on Friday granted bail to Karthik Somaiah, whose car had fatally mowed down four men on Indiranagar's 100-Feet Road on January 26.

While granting bail, the court ordered Somaiah not to threaten witnesses and to report to the investigation officer every week.

Somaiah's lawyers will receive the release order on Saturday.

The accused had applied for bail before a sessions court as the police have registered a case under culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which can only tried before a trial court.


Fake degree-men nabbed

Police say rackets selling fake degrees are offering even domicile certificates

The crackdown

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police, on Friday, busted a racket that was involved in issuing fake degree certificates of various Indian universities, and arrested three persons.

Police said the kingpin of the racket, founder chairman of Mahalakshmi Layout-based Shri Venkateshwara Education Trust, was absconding. The arrested persons, Suresh Kadam (27), Harish (26) and Padmini Srinath (39), were later handed over to the Mahalakshmi Layout police.


IIT dream coming true

The state has finally succeeded in getting an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

The Central government has agreed to sanction one IIT to the state in the 2009-10 plans.

In a recent meeting with the Planning Commission, the state secretary for higher education had raised the issue. After an hour-long discussion, the Planning Commission agreed in principle to sanction an IIT for Karnataka.

"The officials of the Planning Commission have agreed in principle to give one IIT to the state and they will announce it after the Lok Sabha elections," said AS Srikantha, principal secretary, department of higher education.


Roots of forest fires run deep

If there is one season forest officials and watchers of Nagarahole National Park fear, it is summer which brings back fears of forest fires.

This year, on February 16, about 15,000 acres of forest was gutted in the blaze which kept burning for days. A teenager was blamed for the fires. This did not surprise wildlife expert Sanjay Gubb who believes that most of the forest fires are caused by humans.


Old methods still used to put out fires

The age-old methods of dousing the fire by beating it with blankets of twigs, using soil and water, and setting the forest ablaze from another side, are still being practised in the state and most Indian forests. This is not because of the lack of facilities, but due to uneven terrain.

According to retired forest official SG Neginhal, during the Raj era, fire lines around blocks measuring 1 sq mile were made during December to reduce manmade forest fires occurring during summer and dry seasons. This helped to reduce the extent of fire. The same method is being practised even now. The watcher keeps an eye on the forest from the tower and informs his higher-ups using walkie-talkie sets about the fire for assistance.


Master Plan for rail needs

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Friday announced the setting up of a joint legislature committee to form a draft master plan on the requirement of railway services for the state. “The Committee would submit its report within six months,” he said.

BSY added that the Committee would also prioritise pending railway projects and chalk out plans for new railway lines in various parts of the state.

The announcement was made after JD(U) leader Dr Mallanagowda Nadagowda said that there was not much being done to improve the railways.


BIAL to refund UDF if verdict goes against it

Petitioner alleged that UDF collection by BIAL is illegal as only AAI can collect a fee

The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered that the collection of user development fee (UDF) by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) from domestic passengers is subject to the final order of the court.

A division bench headed by Justice Deepak Varma disposed the application challenging the collection of UDF and stated that if the court judges in favour of the petitioners, then BIAL will have to refund UDF to all passengers who have made the payment till date.

BIAL also voluntarily accepted the court’s decision.


CM to hike excise duty on beer, IMFLs

A chilled mug of beer will cost you more this summer, what with the state government announcing a hike in excise duty on beer, Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and other beverages with low alcohol content.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa made this declaration during the two-day debate on the budget proposals in the legislative assembly on Friday.

He added that the maximum retail price (MRP) on these products would be raised, thus reducing the profit margins for all liquor joints.

Yeddyurappa added that the government hoped to earn Rs820 crore revenue by enhancing excise duty and that a notification in this regard will be issued soon. Revenue earned from this hike will be directed to fund budget programs.


Nirmala Venkatesh criticises Govt. for sacking her over Mangalore pub probe

Bangalore, Mar 2 : Former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh, on Monday critisised the government for sacking her over the Mangalore pub attack probe.

Addressing a press conference here, Venkatesh defended her controversial report on the pub attacks, which had blamed the pub owners for not providing safety to women guests and recommended suspension of its license.

"So many cases were investigated by the one-member committee. I can take suo moto action. I have the quasi-judicial power and can take suo motu action as per the NCW Act," she said.

She also lashed out at the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhary for saying she had no legal knowledge.


Deve Gowda announces Third Front for general elections

Deve Gowda announces Third Front for general electionsBangalore, Mar 2 : Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda on Monday announced the formation of a Third Front, an alliance of eight parties, including the Left.

The Front will be launched formally in Tumkur, 50 kilometers from Bangalore, on March 12.


Infosys to slash salaries of top executives

Infosys to slash salaries of top executivesThe ongoing global slowdown has started to erode salaries of top executives of India's top IT services provider, Infosys Technologies. The company has decided to pay minimum discretionary pay to staff in a bid to control costs and mitigate the impact of global slowdown on Friday.

The chief executive of IT firm, Kris Gopalakrishnan, said, "This is going to be a prolonged downturn. Slow performance, the increment to its employees will be minimal this time around. "


Bangalore leads the superbikes race

Motorcyclists in the city are leading the pack in an emerging segment of buyers who look at bikes as a status symbol rather than just a utility.

“You can expect more superbikes being launched in the country going ahead as the base of enthusiasts increases with Bangalore leading the trend,” said Sanjay Tripathi, Division Head – Product Planning and Marketing, Yamaha.

According to industry insiders, thanks to the increased level of awareness and higher disposable incomes, the biking culture in the city is catching resulting in Banglaore accounting for over 40% of the superbikes sold in the country.


'They tried to pull my clothes'

Actresses recount an evening of horror at Palace Grounds

A stunned Kannada film industry on Monday was still trying to recoup from Sunday's onslaught at the Palace Grounds. About one lakh fans, who had turned up for the platinum jubilee celebrations, went berserk after they were refused entry into an already crowded venue. The organisers watched helplessly as the mob ran riot, smashing cars and assaulting actresses.

"They just came from everywhere. Some of them even tried to pull my clothes. Fortunately, I had people around me who ensured that I was safe," said Rohini Singh, model and daughter of director SV Rajendra Singh Babu.


Elections in five phases

The Election Commission on Monday announced five-phase polling starting April 16 for the 15th Lok Sabha. The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately.

The voting dates are April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 13 while counting will be held on May 16. The new LS has to be constituted by June 2, said CEC N Gopalaswami.

The first LSpolls to be held after delimitation, polling in 499 of the 543 seats would be held on the basis of delimited constituencies. The total electorate is roughly 71.4 crore, an increase of 4.3 crore since 2004.

Rajesh Sinha/ DNA-Daily News & Analysis Source: 3D Syndication


Lucky CIL upset fancied BEML

Although the blue jerseys were more dominant, they couldn't find a way to score

A messy BEML side fell to a freak goal against CIL in the BDFA Super Division league at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Tuesday. The lucky goalscorer was Enian, who sent in a hopeful shot from the edge of the box in the 48th minute; goalkeeper Rajan was well positioned behind the ball, but let it slip.

BEML were much the better side, both on paper and on the field of play, but they just couldn't string things together. They began promisingly enough, with strikers Samuel Jackson and Jotin Singh combining well with the midfield. They used the flanks well, spread out the game, and their midfielders constantly sent in probing balls from the deep.


No arrests made in Banaswadi murder case

The city police investigating the BPO employee murder case on Tuesday said they have collected concrete clues, which will lead them to the accused persons.

Umesh Krishnan (27), a senior executive of Infosys Pvt Ltd, was smothered to death on Monday at his house in Ramaswamypalya in Banaswadi.

Assistant police commissioner N Narasimhaiah said, “We have clues that will lead us to the accused. We are working towards it and hope to solve the case soon’’.

Police are still maintaining that it is a murder for gain. Umesh was murdered by four unknown people in the presence of his wife Honey Mary, who was injured. Since she is away in Erode, where Umesh’s body was cremated, police have not been able to get more information from her.


‘Honey trap’ killed BPO staffer

‘Honey trap’ killed BPO stafferTraces of poison

Three days after a senior executive of Infosys BPO was found murdered in his Ramaswamypalya house, police now believe that they have enough reasons to suspect the victim’s wife.

Forensic experts, who had conducted a post-mortem examination on Umesh Krishnan, aged 27, have reported that traces of poison were found in his body. This led the police to suspect Honey Mary, who had married Umesh four months ago. Police believe that Umesh might have consumed food laced with poison.


Gang of strip-chase robbers busted

Gang of strip-chase robbers bustedTwo of the gang members, who were detained in a murder case, revealed their involvement in robberies

The Bangalore police have solved a murder case and several cases of robbery with the arrest of a four-member gang, who were operating across the city.

HSR Layout police identified the accused as Satish (20), Shankar (21), Muruga (26) and Ranga (24), arrested for the alleged murder of Nazar (23), on January 20.


Executive held for rape attempt

The Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested a city-based senior executive of an MNC, for his alleged attempt to rape a Mumbai doctor.

The accused has been identified as Sameer Pareeja (40), assistant vice-president of a Pune-based MNC firm.

The Mumbai police arrested the accused from Bangalore. Police said that Pareeja posed as Raj, working on a World Bank project in Tokyo, and met the victim on an online matrimonial site, Jeevansathi.com.

Mumbai police said that while exchanging photographs, he allegedly forwarded her pictures of a male model instead of his own. The 35-year-old doctor, however, mailed him her original photographs.


Three dead in aircraft crash near Bangalore

Three dead in aircraft crash near BangaloreBangalore, Mar 6 : A small aircraft crashed at Seshagirihalli near Bidadi here on Friday, killing all of its occupants.

Bidadi is located 40 kilometers from Bangalore.

The NAL-built Saras aircraft crashed at around 3.45 P. M.

Fire-tenders were pressed immediately into service to douse the blaze out.

All three bodies have been retrieved from the wreckage. (ANI)


Dismissed Venkatesh Joins BJP

Dismissed Venkatesh Joins BJPIn a significant move, dismissed member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Nirmala Venkatesh on Thursday joined the BJP in Bangalore.

BJP’s Karnataka Unit Mahila Morcha general secretary Mangala Sridhar admitted Venkatesh into the party.

Confirming the development, Mangala Sridhar said, “Nirmala has been admitted into the BJP and will campaign for the party in the parliamentary poll to expose the Congress.”

However, no top leader from BJP was present when she joined the party at its office.
 


Police detain 110 party crowds in Bangalore

Police detain 110 party crowds in BangaloreBangalore, Mar 8 : The Karnataka Police detained 110 persons from a farmhouse in Ramanagara district here on Sunday morning. The detainees were engaged in a party.

The detained persons include 20 women.

A senior police official said the police raided a farmhouse at Chunchanakuppe near Dodda Aaaladamara, at around 4 a. m.

The place is about 25 kilometers from the state capital.

The arrested persons also included four women of foreign origin. One woman was from Tanzania; one from Bhutan and two belonged to Iran.


Patnaik to join the Third Front, says Deve Gowda

Patnaik to join the Third Front, says Deve GowdaBangalore, Mar 10 : JD (S) chief H D Deve Gowda has declared that the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has agreed to join the Third Front.

"I have spoken to Naveen Patnaik and he has agreed to join the Third Front unconditionally," Deve Gowda told reporters at Bangalore on Tuesday.

The BJD recently ended its 11-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Orissa.


Mercedes-Benz India to spend more on R&D activities

Mercedes-Benz India to spend more on R&D activitiesLuxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India would recruit more number of professionals, increasing total headcount of workforce to four-fold, at the research and development centre in Bangalore in the next few years and will invest around Rs 150 crore with the help of partners to expand its business network in the country.


Third Front to be launched today in Karnataka

Third Front to be launched today in KarnatakaBangalore, Mar 12 : The Third Front will be launched formally in Tumkur, 50 kilometers from Bangalore, today.

On March 2, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda had announced the formation of a Third Front, an alliance of eight parties, including the Left.

The parties, supporting Deve Gowda are: Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), Forward Bloc, Republican Party of India (RPI), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Janata Dal Secular (JDS).


Karnataka police shows inability to give security for IPL matches

Karnataka police shows inability to give security for IPL matchesBangalore, Mar 14 : Bangalore police has expressed its inability to provide security for the scheduled Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament before May 3.

Police have suggested the IPL organisers to hold all matches after May 4.

Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari on Saturday said police cited the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as the main reason behind the local police's conclusion.


Latest hair styling unveiled at Bangalore fashion show

Latest hair styling unveiled at Bangalore fashion showBangalore, Mar 15 : Latest hair styling and colour were unveiled at a fashion show in Bangalore.

India''s top models set the ramp on fire with trendy hairstyles and dyes like beige, copper and gold.

Aman Tandon, fashion model, who took part in this hair extravaganza, said that a proper hairstyle enhances one''s personality.


Rock concert to motivate youngsters to vote

Rock concert to motivate youngsters to voteBangalore, Mar. 18 : In a bid to motivate youngsters to participate in the democracy's biggest exercise `General Election 2009', a five-city rock show-cum-awareness drive called ''shut up and vote'' was launched in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Janagraha and Tata Tea announced the campaign across the nation, as a part of their ongoing nationwide rock concert by an Indian Rock Band- Thermal and a Quarter.


Muthalik’s Sri Rama Sene to support Varun Gandhi

Muthalik’s Sri Rama Sene to support Varun GandhiBangalore, Mar 24 : Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik has said that he and his group would support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi, who is in trouble after his alleged anti-Muslim speech.

Muthalik also said that Gandhi had the guts to speak the truth.

"He has the guts to speak the truth. Rama Sene would support him. I think every true Hindu would support him," Muthalik said on the sidelines of a function organised by the Vishwa Hindu Dharma Rakshana Vedike at the Town Hall here.


Deepika Padukone promotes Bangalore marathon

Deepika Padukone promotes Bangalore marathonBangalore, Mar 26 : Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on Thursday announced that a ten-kilometer marathon would be held here on May 31, 2009.

Padukone, who is promoting the marathon, said she would try to run as much as she could in the marathon.

"I have been practicing yoga for the past few years. I don't know how much that is going to help me. Maybe not in terms of endurance but definitely in terms of metal strength. In flexibility, I think I have a decent stamina. So, I will try and run as much as I can," she said.


Moily files nomination from Chikballapur

Moily files nomination from Chikballapur Bangalore, Apr 2 : Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister, M Veerappa Moily, today filed his nomination for Lok Sabha elections as a Congress candidate from Chikballapur constituency.

Earlier in the day, he resigned as the Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC). Moily as the ARC chief was instrumental in bringing out reports on a variety of topics concerning governance as also one on terrorism.


BEL reports Rs.4,618 crore ‘provisional’ turnover

Bharat Electronics LimitedThe Bangalore-based Navratna defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has reported a `provisional' turnover of Rs. 4,618 crore for the year 2008-09, indicating a 12 percent increase over the year-before turnover figures of Rs. 4,102.54 crore.

In terms of the turnover per employee, figures depicted a year-on-year increase from Rs. 33.16 lakh to Rs. 38.6 lakh. The value added per employee also depicted an increase from Rs. 16 lakh to Rs. 18 lakh, as BEL exports also went up nearly 15 percent - from $15.43 million to $17.75 million.


IIM-L, IIM-B to hike PGPM fee by Rs.1.5 lakh per annum

IIM-L, IIM-B to hike PGPM fee by Rs.1.5 lakh per annum Close on the heels of fee-hike announcement by Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the IIM Lucknow and IIM Bangalore too have announced that, from the forthcoming academic session, the fee for their flagship Post Graduate

Programme in Management (PGPM) will be increased Rs.1.5 lakh per annum.


Toyota SUV ‘Fortuner’ to be launched in India by September

Toyota SUV ‘Fortuner’ to be launched in India by September Come September and Toyota's sports utility vehicle 'Fortuner' will hit the Indian markets! The announcement about the SUV's projected launch was made by the Indian unit of Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday.

The world's biggest carmaker, which marks its Indian presence through a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group - Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd -, said that the SUV with a three-litre futuristic common-rail diesel engine will cost nearly Rs 20 lakh.


ABB opens its new facility in Bangalore

ABB power and automation technologiesABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, on Wednesday announced the opening of its greenfield automation products facility near Bangalore.

The inauguration of latest facility is one of many initiatives that company has taken up in India to build and expand capacity to meet the needs of the future.


Japanese firm gives tips to textile industry to fight recession

Bangalore, Apr 10 : People associated with textile industry received tips to fight recession from a Japanese company at a seminar held in Bangalore.

The industrial sewing giant from Japan, Juki, has set up its Indian head quarter in Bangalore. It is providing training to the exporters, garment manufacturers and workers to come out of the tough situation.

The Japanese company conducted surveys on how the companies dealt with the financial crisis.

Mayur, training engineer, said at the seminar that at the time of recession everyone wanted quick delivery, faster production and higher productivity at a lower cost. So, through the seminar they wanted to provide knowledge how to achieve the targets.


Five-in-one combo pill for reducing heart attacks by more than 50 percent!

Five-in-one combo pill for reducing heart attacks by more than 50 percent!According to a three-year long study conducted by researchers of the Bangalore-based St John’s Medical College, a five-in-one combo pill – Polycap - can prove beneficial in reducing the heart attack or stroke risk by as much as 50 percent, even more!  


Punj Lloyd bags three orders worth Rs 308 crore

Punj Lloyd bags three orders worth Rs 308 crorePunj Lloyd Group, the diversified engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) Conglomerate, today announced three prestigious contracts worth Rs 308 crore for the construction of eight stations from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.

The group is currently constructing Singapore’s Mass Rail Transit (MRT) Downtown Line’s Bayfront station at the Marina Bay, and a section of the MRT Circle Line besides projects for Delhi Metro.


Telgi sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment

Bangalore, Apr 17 : The multi-crore fake stamp paper accused Abdul Kareem Telgi was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a CBI special sessions court here on Friday.

The court also sent former Assistant Commissioner of Police of Bangalore Sangram Singh to three years of rigorous imprisonment for abetting the crime.

On April 15, the court had convicted Telgi, Sangram Singh and six others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On June 28, 2007, he was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 13 years and fined a whopping Rs 202 crore on various counts in one of the main cases of the scandal.

On January 17, 2006, Telgi and several associates were sentenced to ten years'' rigorous imprisonment.


US FDA notices 9 deviations at Cipla plant; stock falls

CiplaA recent scrutiny of drug-manufacturer Cipla's Bangalore plant by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed as many as nine deviations in the pharma firm's manufacturing process.

With the reports about the digression found at the plant, the shares of Cipla suffered a blow at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), as well as the National Stock Exchange (NSE), on Monday. Despite the company justifying its stand and terming the deviations as "minor ones" relating to manufacturing practices, the stock fell at the BSE.


Political bigwigs cast their votes in second phase of polls

Political bigwigs cast their votes in second phase of pollsBangalore/Sangli, Apr 23: Political bigwigs like Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, S. M. Krishna and R. R. Patil went to cast their votes in the second phase of elections to the Lok Sabha in Bangalore and several other places of Karnataka as well as many other constituencies in Maharashtra on Thursday.

In Bangalore, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Naidu and Kumar exercised their franchise with their supporters in tow.


Style Icon Feroz Khan Passes Away At 70

Style Icon Feroz Khan Passes Away At 70After a prolonged fight with cancer, ace Bollywood actor-filmmaker Feroz Khan passed away on Sunday in Bangalore.

Khan breathed his last at his farmhouse Khan in Bangalore at 1:30 am, a family source said.

The 70-year-old actor is survived by his son Fardeen Khan and daughter Laila Khan.

He had been diagnosed with cancer, and was being treated at a Mumbai hospital for a long time.

Feroz Khan was born and brought up in Bangalore.

His cremation will take place later in the day in Bangalore.


Actor Feroz Khan passes away

Actor Feroz Khan passes awayBangalore, Apr 27 : Bollywood actor Feroz Khan passed away at his farmhouse here late Sunday night.

The 69 year old actor-filmmaker, who died at 1:30 a. m., was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. He was being treated at a Mumbai hospital.

Khan is survived by actor son Fardeen Khan and daughter Laila Khan.

According to sources, the funeral would be held here later in the day.

Khan was born in Bangalore on September 25, 1939. His father was Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli, who was a Pathan originally from Ghazni province of Afghanistan. His mother Fatima came from Iran.


Now, Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa experiences ‘shoe-gate’

Now, Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa experiences ‘shoe-gate’Bangalore, Apr 28: After P. Chidambaram, Naveen Jindal, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh, it was the turn of Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa to experience the ‘Shoe-Gate’.

Yeddyurappa became the latest target of a ‘footwear missile’ on Tuesday when a slipper was hurled at him while he was addressing an election meeting in Channarayapatna in Hassan District. The place is about 150 kilometers from Bangalore.

The slipper fell far from the dais and the man who threw it was nabbed by police and charged with assault.


Yediyurappa confident of BJP winning minimum 8-9 seats in Karnataka

 Yediyurappa confident of BJP winning minimum 8-9 seats in KarnatakaBangalore, Apr 30 : Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa came with his son, who is contesting elections for the BJP, to cast his vote on Thursday.

Sounding confident of emerging victorious in the polls, Yediyurappa said, "Out of 11 Lok Sabha constituencies, we are going to win minimum 8-9 seats."

Yediyurappa''s son BY Raghvendra is contesting from Shimoga seat.

Polling is being held in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka.


16 Admitted To Hyderabad Hospital Due To Food Poisoning

16 Admitted To Hyderabad Hospital Due To Food Poisoning Sixteen people including 14 MBA students and 2 children from Karnataka were admitted to Gandhi Hospital on Friday following food poisoning symptoms in Hyderabad.

The police sources said that two of them are serious.

The sources also said that a group of 86 people, including final year MBA students from Garden City College in Bangalore, and their college faculty members came to the city on April 29 as part of study tour.

All of them stayed at a hotel-cum-lodge ‘Sai Krupa’ at Chikkadpally.


Toyota cutting costs; to reduce investment for second plant near Bangalore

toyotaAs a result of a string of cost-reduction measures being undertaken by the world's biggest carmaker Toyota, the company's earlier announced investment of Rs 3,200 crore, for rolling out a "strategic" small car in India by 2010, would possibly be reduced. The likely reduction in Toyota's investment amount also results from the drop in the prices of raw materials, especially steel.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor - Toyota's joint venture with Kirloskar Group in India - will be producing the small car at its forthcoming second plant, under construction near its already-operational Bangalore unit. The company is also said to be working on an export plan beyond the small car.


GMR Infrastructure intends raising growth capital

GMR Infrastructure intends raising growth capital According to an Economic Times report, the Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure intends raising Rs 20-30 billion growth capital by either of the ways - private equity shares, Convertible Debentures, Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds, or any other securities.

Moreover, the proposed raising of growth capital - for the company amid a structural revamping - will be at the unlisted intermediate holding company level and not at the entity level.


Jubilant Organosys gets USFDA nod for Sestamibi

Jubilant Organosys

Jubilant Organosys Ltd, an integrated pharmaceutical industry player, has notified that its US subsidiary, DRAXIMAGE LLC has received the US Food and Drug Administration approval for the company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Draximage's generic Sestamibi.

Draximage Sestamibi, is a generic kit used in the preparation of Technetium (Tc-99m) Sestamibi injection - a diagnostic cardiac imaging agent used in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI), to evaluate the flow of blood to the heart.


Honeywell sees growth in India despite recession

Honeywell sees growth in India despite recessionBangalore, May 8 : Diversified U. S. manufacturer Honeywell International Inc. sees more growth in India on growing demand for its products and services despite a global economic downturn.

Talking to reporters here at the launch of the company''s new research and development facility with an investment of 50 million dollars that Honeywell expects sales from India to grow to about 600 million dollars in 2009, Dave Cote, Chief Executive Officer said that this would represent a "slight growth" over last year apart from increasing a higher employment in the country.


BBMP issues public notice about DLF's South Bangalore project

DLF Building IndiaThe proposed 'Westend Heights' complex of the real estate bigwig DLF Limited, in South Bangalore, appears to have run into troubled waters! The state-owned body Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued a public notice in newspapers, cautioning the people against investment in the complex located in New Town, DLF BTM Extension.

As per the public announcement by BBMP, asking the public to refrain from booking apartments in the mentioned DLF complex, the authorities said that the company had not sought due approval for the 18-storey complex comprising 1,980 dwelling-units.


Honeywell International inaugurates its second R&D facility

Honeywell International inaugurates its second R&D facilityDiversified U.S. engineering company Honeywell International today unveiled its research, development and engineering facility in Bangalore, with an investment of $50 million.

The new 6.90 lakh sq. ft. facility is the second R&D facility of the company in Bangalore. The centre will accommodate approximate 3,000 people.


BBMP to have 198 wards

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara PalikeThe Karnataka cabinet held a meeting on Friday and announced to reorganize the civic structure of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council, increasing the number of wards from 147 to 198. It has also been decided to conduct elections for new cooperators by the end of July through Electronic Voting Machines.

The new council, apart from 198 members, would be constituted by nominating members including city MLAs, MLCs and MPs, leading to increase total member strength to
268. The nominated members have also been given voting rights.


Sparsh BPO rolls out its second delivery centre in Bangalore

Sparsh BPOSparsh BPO Services, the leading provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services in the Indian market, has announced the launch of its second delivery centre in Bangalore.

The company claims that newly revealed facility, having seating capacity of 450 persons, will further flourishes Sparsh's presence in the city. The new facility will provide proximity to key customers in the southern region.

The centre will provide multi-lingual services in English, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telegu across a range of verticals to deliver contact center management including customer support services, collections and sales.


Two Persons Test Negative For H1N1 Virus

Swine FluThe recent test reports of the two suspected H1N1 cases test negative.

Two persons Satyajit Chauhan, 30, of Hyderabad and Mahendra Reddy, 29, of Ananthpur who came from New York and Louis Ville, Kentucky respectively via Frankfurt reported themselves at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, on Friday afternoon.

Dr. Shashidhar Buggi, RGCID Superintendent, said that throat swab and blood samples of the suspects were forwarded to National Institute of Virology, Pune for lab tests.

He also said that two were discharged after the conformation that their reports were negative.


JD (S) is a pillar of Third Front: Deve Gowda

JD (S) is a pillar of Third Front: Deve GowdaBangalore, May 13: JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda has rejected speculation that his party is parting ways with the Third Front, and joining the Congress-led coalition.

These speculations fueled after Congress president Sonia Gandhi's meeting with H. D. Kumaraswamy last night.

"There is no rift in JD-S and it's still the pillar of the Third Front. We have an important role to play in government formation," Deve Gowda said, addressing a press conference here.


Rare Heart Surgery On 3-Month Baby Done Successfully!

surgical operationSurgeons at the BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore have successfully performed a surgical operation on a three-month-old infant, who was suffering from a rare heart tumour.

Dr. Bharat Dubiety, consultant cardiac surgeon at the hospital, told that the intracardiac tumors in babies were very uncommon.

He also said that the occurrence of rhabdomyoma, which involves the heart muscle, is 1 in 17,000.

Dr. Bharat said that test performed on the baby boy revealed a big tumor in the right ventricle of the heart measuring 3.5 cm length, 4 cm breadth and 2.5 cm thickness.


SC Awards Infosys Techie Rs 1 Crore Compensation For Medical Negligence

Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, to pay a compensation of Rs 1 crore to a software engineer of Infosys, who found himself paralyzed waist down following the carelessness of the doctors in performing a major surgical operation.

The victim, Prashant S Dhananka, 39, who energetically argued his case from a wheelchair he has been restricted to since the surgery on September 19, 1990, had asked for Rs 7 crore as compensation as he has been made handicapped forever and his chance of marrying and having a family have vanished forever.


Designers unveil summer 2009 collection in Bangalore

Designers unveil summer 2009 collection in BangaloreBangalore, May 15: Various fashion designers showcased their summer 2009 collections in Bangalore, which included both Indian and western clothes.

The participants were- Ramesh Dembla, designer duo Anu Nagappa and Susan Fernandes from Astara and Michelle Salins.

Dembla's collection was displayed in two sequences. First called ''angel''s fantasy'' with dresses and gowns in white, and the second called ''ethnic saris'' featuring saris in various colors and embellishments.


Some BJP leaders celebrate their victory in polls

Some BJP leaders celebrate their victory in pollsBangalore, Shimla/ Bhopal, May 16 : Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Saturday celebrated their success after defeating Congress candidates in their respective constituencies.

In Bangalore, BJP leader Anant Kumar offered his supporters and party workers sweets.

"The all India results are not upto expectations. Today, we are having our parliamentary board meeting under the leadership of L. K. Advani. We are going to discuss about the results there," Kumar said.


H. D. Kumaraswami says JD(S) may support UPA

H. D. Kumaraswami says JD(S) may support UPABangalore, May 16 : Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said his party JD(S) has an "open mind" if UPA seeks its support.

"So far, we have not decided on anything. UPA has not sought our support. If UPA seeks it, we have an open mind," JD(S) Karnataka unit President Kumaraswamy said.

Kumaraswami's recent meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi had given rise to speculations of another crack in the Third Front.


Five Infosys employees killed in Belgaum bus accident

Five Infosys employees killed in Belgaum bus accidentBangalore, May 21: Five employees of the Infosys were killed and eight others injured when their bus overturned in Belgaum District of Karnataka on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when the driver of the bus in which they were travelling lost control while negotiating a sharp curve.

According to police, the deceased were on their way to Pune after finishing training.

The bus was carrying a total of 43 passengers. All the injured were admitted to the KLE hospital in Belgaum.


Bangalore has a compressible car

Bangalore has a compressible carBangalore, May 23 : Mechanical Engineering students of a Bangalore college have developed a compressible car, which can be of great help to those who are faced with parking or traffic problem.

The car named LARSA (Linearly Actuated Retractable Sedan Type Automobile) has been designed by final year mechanical engineering students of the MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology.


Ethiopian Deriba Merga wins Bangalore run

Ethiopian Deriba Merga wins Bangalore runIt turned out to be an Ethiopian day in 2nd Sunfeast World 10k Bangalore on Sunday as Deriba Merga and Aselefech Mergia finished at first spot in men's single and women's single respectively.

Deriba Merga finished race in just 28 minutes and 19 seconds and won the men's title in the 2nd Sunfeast World 10k Bangalore whereas Aselefech Mergia registered a timing of 32 minutes and 8 seconds to finish at the top of women's single.

Merga has won prize money of $20,000 for winning the men's title in 2nd Sunfeast World 10k Bangalore.


Indian women cricket team all set for Twenty-20 World Cup

 Indian women cricket team all set for Twenty-20 World CupBangalore, June 3 : The Indian women''s cricket team is all set and confident of a good performance, as they prepare to take on England in its first match in the Twenty-20 World Cup on June 11 at Lords.

"They provide the best staff for us. I hope we will use all this in a proper way and deliver good cricket at the World Cup. We all need to think together and play together as a team and work hard for the team," captain Jhulan Goswami said.

The eight-team women''s ICC World Twenty20 tournament will run concurrently as the men''s tournament.


Opto Circuits to raise Rs 400 crore

Opto Circuits to raise Rs 400 crore Bangalore-headquartered Opto Circuits India has decided to raise up to Rs 400 crore by issuing equity shares or any other securities under Qualified Institutions Placement (QIP) basis.

The issue price will be decided in accordance with SEBI (Disclosure and Investors) Guidelines, 2000.

Apart from latest development, the board also decided to issue up to 6 million convertible share warrants on preferential basis to promoters and promoters group, directors of the company and its subsidiaries, employees.


Schneider Electric acquires Bangalore-based Conzerv System

Schneider ElectricFrench firm Schneider Electric has entered into an agreement to acquire Bangalore-based Conzerv Systems. The company is in the business of consulting, training and products for energy efficiency.

However, no transaction details regarding the deal were disclosed by both partners.

Conzerv Systems is a two-decade old firm with a top line of Rs 70 crore run by a couple - Hema and Ashok Hattangady. The company employs around 330 people and offers a range of solutions for energy audits and energy management systems.


Decline in the export causing job losses in Indian textile industry

Decline in the export causing job losses in Indian textile industryBangalore, June 6 : A decline in export orders has adversely affected the textile industry in Bangalore.

Around 35 million people employed in the industry have been hit hard. A large number of people working at basic levels have lost their jobs.


NSG, DRDO to work together to counter terrorism

NSGBangalore, June 7 : Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) Chief Controller (R and D), Dr. Prahlada has said that the DRDO and the National Security Guards (NSG) are planning to work together on dealing with terror strikes.

The Government, after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, is looking exclusively at the role of technology in tackling terror attacks, Prahlada said in Bangalore.

"The idea is to deploy low-cost, easily portable and quick manufacturing solutions all over the country to deal with low intensity conflicts and terror attacks," he added.


Wockhardt may sell 2-3 hospitals to Fortis

Wockhardt may sell 2-3 hospitals to Fortis

Indian Pharmaceutical major Wockhardt has been working out plans to sell two-three of the 12 hospitals promoted by Chairman Habil Khorakiwala to ease debt burden worth over Rs 3,400 crore.

The company has also tried to sell shares in hospital chain to arrange funds. However, the plans did not materialize as the investors were interested to acquire majority stake instead of minority stake in the hospital chain.


Yeddyurappa Directs BBMP Chief Subramanya To Withdraw Case Against Lokayukta

Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa on Monday criticized Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner S Subramanya over the defamation case he lodged against Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde.

Moreover, Mr. Yeddyurappa directed Subramanya to withdraw his case immediately.

Subramanya, on Saturday, registered a defamation case against Hegde for `allegedly' passing nasty comments against him on the Abhishek drowning incident.


Gitanjali group to pick major stake in MobileNXT

Gitanjali group to pick major stake in MobileNXTGitanjali group, a $900-million company with interests in jewellery manufacturing and retail, is reported in talks to acquire a major stake in the Bangalore-based mobile retail chain, MobileNXT.
 
Confirming the talks, Vijay Menon, Founder Director, MobileNXT, said they have received a proposal from Gitanjali to invest in MobileNXT, but apart from that the company was also in discussion to a few others firms.
 
He believes that it would be premature to comment on anything at this stage.
 


GMR Infra’s arm to invest Rs 4 billion in Kakinada project

GMR Infra’s arm to invest Rs 4 billion in Kakinada projectGMR Energy, an arm of Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure, has decided to pump Rs 4 billon in order to relocate and restart its barge-mounted naphtha fired power project from Mangalore on the west coast to Kakinada on the east coast in Andhra Pradesh.

As per media reports, the new plant will be functional by March 2010.

GMR had decided to relocate the plant after its power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Karnataka government ended in June 2008.


Three test positive for swine flu; total reaches 20

Bangalore/Jalandhar, June 14 : A 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old child from Bangalore and a teenager from Jalandhar tested positive for H1N1 virus on Sunday, taking the overall swine flu cases in the country to 20.

The mother-child duo had arrived at the Bangaluru airport from New Jersey on 12th June, they were quarantined at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore after having tested positive for swine flu, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Usha Vasunkar said.

In the second case in Jalandhar, a student of Guru Amar Dass Public School has tested positive for swine flu and has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi, Civil Surgeon Dr S S Wali said.


Sobha Developers gets nods to raise Rs 1500 crore

Sobha DevelopersSobha Developers, the Bangalore based real estate player, has informed that it has received approval from the shareholders of the company for raising Rs 1,500 crore and hiking Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) limit to around 100 per cent of the equity share capital of the company.

Under the arrangement, the company would raise Rs 1,500 crore from international markets by issuing shares through American Depository Receipts, Global Depository Receipts and from domestic routes through issuing warrants and debentures.


Karan takes 4-shot lead at the Southern India Open

LG Southern India AmateurKaran Vasudeva who shot under-par card of 70 has jumped into a four-shot lead at the half-way stage of the LG Southern India Amateur which is played at the par-72 KGA Course in Bangalore.

Moin Malak who was leading yesterday shot a card of 10-over par 82 while Rashid Khan shot 9-over 81 and slipped to the ninth position. Karan with a total of level par 144 was leading while Angad Cheema was at second place with a 36-hole total of 4-over 148.


Opto Circuits Q4 net profit soars 62%

Opto Circuits Q4 net profit soars 62%Bangalore-headquartered Opto Circuits India has registered a growth of 62% in its consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009.

The company posted a net profit of Rs 55.37 crore, against Rs 34.20 crore, same period last year.

Further, the company's net sales also grew to Rs 213.11 crore for the period ended March 2009, compared to Rs 120.48 crore in the same period last year. For the fiscal ended March 2009, the company has posted a net profit Rs 209.44 crore, up 60.30 per cent, from Rs 130.65 crore in the same period last year.


Mercedes Benz to pump Rs 300 crore in India

Mercedes Benz to pump Rs 300 crore in IndiaLuxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has decided to invest about Rs 150 crore in its manufacturing plant at Pune, while a similar amount will be spent along with its dealers for upgrading and increasing its retail network in the country.

It should be noted that the company has already spent about Rs 250 crore on the manufacturing plant where its passenger cars, trucks and bus are assembled.


Bharat Biotech to pump Rs 100 crore on the setup of new facility

Bharat Biotech International LtdBharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL), the largest manufacturer of Hepatitis-B vaccines, is presently in the process of setting up Rs 100-crore unit near Bangalore that will manufacture 100 million doses of animal vaccines.

The new unit is expected to be commissioned in two months, which will have a production capacity of 100 million doses of vaccine for cattle and other animals.

According to the sources, the main product of the new venture will be called as BIO-VET International Limited, which would be a vaccine for the foot and mouth disease prevalent among cattle.


Homosexuals stage a play in Bangalore

Homosexuals stage a play in BangaloreBangalore, June 27 : Showcasing the plight of sexual minorities, homosexuals staged a Kannada play in Bangalore.

''Karnataka Queer Habba'', the play, was staged by various social and human rights organisations as part of the week long celebration in the state.

The organisers aim at sending a message to the government and the people regarding gay rights and also repealing the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that criminalises homosexuality.


Advani to undertake countrywide tour to galvanize BJP

Advani to undertake countrywide tour to galvanize BJPBangalore, June 29 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has said that he would undertake a countrywide tour to galvanize the party, which lost in the recent general polls.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Advani said that he would undertake the tour to rejuvenate the party after the upcoming budget session of parliament.

BJP faces an uncertain future after a heavy election defeat, as its mix of Hindu-revivalism and promise of strong governance failed to convince its traditional middle-class base.


H R Bharadwaj to take over as new Karnataka Governor

H R Bharadwaj to take over as new Karnataka GovernorBangalore, June 29 : Former Union Law Minister H R Bharadwaj will take over as the Governor of Karnataka today.

Bhardwaj replaces Rameshwar Thakur, who has been appointed Madhya Pradesh Governor for his remaining tenure.

Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran will administer him oath of office at 4: 30 p. m at the Raj Bhavan.

All Ministers of Karnataka are expected to attend the ceremony.

Bhardwaj is representing the state of Haryana in the Rajya Sabha.


2 killed, 3 injured in Mysore communal clash

2 killed, 3 injured in Mysore communal clashMysore, July 2 : Two persons were killed and three others injured, as two communities armed with batons and weapons clashed over an alleged desecration of a religious school in Mysore district of Karnataka on Thursday.

According to the police, they had to resort to lathi-charge and use teargas shells to disperse the crowd, as the news about the desecration angered members of one community, who came out with weapons and batons onto the streets and had a scuffle with members of another community.


7 Month Breather For 9 Govt Hospitals In Bangalore

7 Month Breather For 9 Govt Hospitals In BangaloreHere’s a big relief for the nine government hospitals of Bangalore.

The Lok Adalat on Thursday granted a period of seven months to the government of Karnataka to establish Effluent Treatment Plant (ETPs) in the nine city hospitals.


BEML all set to roll out indigenous low cost coaches for metro railways

BEML all set to roll out indigenous low cost coaches for metro railwaysBangalore, July 10 : The Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is all set to manufacture indigenously designed low-cost metro railway coaches for Mass Rapid Transport Systems (MRTS) in the cities.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, V R S Natarajan, Chairman and Managing Director of BEML said, " The BEML has furnished a turnkey proposal to the central government to facilitate the execution of supplying the low-cost rakes to the two and three tier cities where the metro railway network is envisaged."


Gavaskar Takes Blessings Of Satya Sai Baba

Gavaskar Takes Blessings Of Satya Sai BabaOn his 60th birthday, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar took blessings of the Sri Satya Sai Baba as he visited Puttaparthi, the ashram of Satya Sai Baba near Bangalore on Friday.

On this religious visit to Puttaparthi, Gavaskar was joined by his family and his brother in law, Gundappa Viswanath.

The legendary cricketer Gavaskar has a lot of records under his belt including the record of first batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in the history of cricket.


Infosys posts 17.3% rise in net profit

Infosys posts 17.3% rise in net profitCountry's second-largest software exporter, Infosys Technologies reported 17.3 per cent rise in its net profit for the first quarter, showing better than expected performance given to the prevailing economic scenario. However, the Bangalore based firm lowered its revenue guidance for the current financial year despite signs of recovery of global and domestic market.


3M India to pump Rs 60 crore on the setup of second R&D lab in Bangalore

3M India to pump Rs 60 crore on the setup of second R&D lab in Bangalore 3M India, the subsidiary of $25.3 billion diversified technology focused 3M Corporation, has revealed its plans to invest Rs 60 crore in setting up a second R&D lab in Bangalore.

With the new centre, the company aims to have a R&D strength of about 200 scientists over the next four years from the present 85.

Apart from latest announcement, 3M Company has also decided to spend Rs 30 crore in plant expansion, including Rs 15 crore for the Ahmedabad unit.


ISRO chief satisfied with lunar data compiled by Chandrayaan

ISRO chief satisfied with lunar data compiled by ChandrayaanBangalore, July 12: G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the successful collection of data about the moon by Chandrayaan, country''s maiden lunar mission.

Madhavan Nair stated this while addressing the 9th convocation of International Institute of Information and Technology at Bangalore on Sunday.


Nilekani ensures prevention of duplication of national ID cards

 Nilekani ensures prevention of duplication of national ID cardsBangalore, July 13 : The newly designated chief of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI), Nandan Nilekani, called on Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday before leaving for New Delhi.

Speaking about his new task, Nilekani said that his prime issue would be to ensure prevention of any duplication of the national ID cards.

He said that the prime objective of the UIAI would be to find ways and means on creating a centralized and fool-proof national database of all bona-fide Indian citizens.


Sensor loss would not affect lifespan of Chandrayan: ISRO Chairman Nair

Sensor loss would not affect lifespan of Chandrayan: ISRO Chairman NairBangalore, Jul17 : The failure of the star-sensor will not reduce the two-year lifespan of Chandrayan-I spacecraft, G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said here on Friday.

He was speaking to the media after the report of loss of sensors of Chandrayan in the media.

It was reported that last month the prestigious Chandrayan mission lost one of its vital sensors. Nair described this loss of sensor as unfortunate.


Biocon Q1 net profit jumps four-fold at Rs 57 crore

Biocon Q1 net profit jumps four-fold at Rs 57 croreBiocon Ltd, a leading Bangalore-based biotechnology firm has reported four-fold jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs 57 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 against Rs 15 crore in the same period ended June 2008.

Company's total income in the reporting quarter increased to Rs 505 crore from Rs 276 crore in the same quarter previous fiscal.

On a standalone basis, the company has clocked a net profit of Rs 47 crore up 58.44% during quarter under review as compared to Rs 30 crore in the same period last fiscal.


Opto Circuits signs ‘Long-Term Development Agreement’

Opto Circuits signs ‘Long-Term Development Agreement’ Bangalore-headquartered Opto Circuits (India) Ltd has informed that Criticare Systems Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has signed a long-term development agreement with an OEM customer.

The latest pact will provide a joint development programme focused on a new modular and MRI-compatible patient monitoring system.

According to a company official, the system will be based on Criticare's new eVision™ platform and the development programme will commence immediately.


Bangalore''s Fashion Week showcases glitz and glamour

Bangalore''s Fashion Week showcases glitz and glamourBangalore, July 25 : On the second day of Bangalore''s first-ever Fashion Week, conniesuers of life-style witnessed extensive glamour, style and colour.

Designer Priyanka Thakur on Friday evening presented glitterati show of entire Indian collection for the '' bold and beautiful'' women starting off with saree, followed by churidar suits and short-gowns.


Michael Jackson's Bangalore fans participate in musical night in tribute

Michael JacksonBangalore, July 26 : The death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has created a big void in the music world, and his fans in India offered a musical tribute to him in Bangalore on Saturday.

Jackson's fans converged here and danced to his popular tunes, played on the 20 X 15 feet large screen.

The organisers of the event said that they did not have to pay a single penny to the orchestra and disc jockey.


Karnataka Government to restore symbolic royal respect to Tipu Sultan''s descendants

Karnataka Government to restore symbolic royal respect to Tipu Sultan''s descendantsBangalore, July 31 : After more than two centuries of Tipu Sultan's defeat at the hands of British forces in Srirangapatna, his descendants will regain the respect that most Indians believe they deserve.

The Karnataka Government has reportedly agreed to rehabilitate Asif Ali Shah, a descendant of Tipu Sultan''s fourth son, by providing him with a house, pay for the education of his children and accord him symbolic privileges of Indian royalty.


Karnataka Government to restore symbolic royal respect to Tipu Sultan''''s descendants

Karnataka Government to restore symbolic royal respect to Tipu Sultan''''s descendantsBangalore, July 31 : After more than two centuries of Tipu Sultan’s defeat at the hands of British forces in Srirangapatna, his descendants will regain the respect that most Indians believe they deserve.

The Karnataka Government has reportedly agreed to rehabilitate Asif Ali Shah, a descendant of Tipu Sultan''''s fourth son, by providing him with a house, pay for the education of his children and accord him symbolic privileges of Indian royalty.


RCB to take on Cape Cobras in opener

ESPN-STAR sportsRoyal Challengers, Bangalore will take on Cape Cobras, South Africa in the opening match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The much awaited 16-day tournament will kick off from 8th October at Bangalore.

Airtel has signed a deal of Rs 170 crore with ESPN-STAR sports and it would be the title sponsor of the cash rich tournament for next five years. ESPN-STAR sports are the commercial partner of Champions League T20.


GMR Infrastructure Q1 net dips 70%

GMR Infrastructure Q1 net dips 70%GMR Infrastructure, the flagship company of GMR Group, has posted a decline of 69.92 per cent in its consolidated net profit, which falls to Rs 22.53 crore for the first quarter ended June 2009, over the same period last year.

The company had posted a net profit of 74.92 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2008.

However, the company remained successful to register a surge in its total income, which rose from Rs 89.26 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 to Rs 118.95 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.


Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa calls for all party meeting on Thiruvallar statue status

B. S.YeddyurappaBangalore, Aug 3 : Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa will preside over all party meeting on Monday in the hope of arriving at a consensus on the unveiling of a statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvallar in Bangalore.

Yedyurappa has invited the presidents of all political parties, leaders of opposition in both houses of the state legislature, intellectuals, writers, and pro-Kannada activists.

The State Government had decided to organize the unveiling of the Thiruvallar statue on August 9 in Hulasoor. It was also decided to unveil the statue of Kannada poet Sarvagna in Chennai on August 14.


Now, armed bouncers for women security in Bangalore pubs, restaurants

Now, armed bouncers for women security in Bangalore pubs, restaurantsBangalore, Aug. 5 : In a bid to stop hooliganism by mischievous characters, liquor-serving joints in Bangalore have now provided licensed arms to their deputed bouncers.

The measure comes after the Karnataka High Court''s verdict in September 2008 permitting women to work as bartenders.

Owners of such bars and restaurants have taken the step as an initiative to ensure proper security to women bartenders.


Infosys signs strategic agreement with Bancolombia

Infosys signs strategic agreement with BancolombiaBangalore/Bogota (Colombia), Aug. 6 : Bangalore-based software major Infosys Technologies Ltd and Bancolombia today announced that Bancolombia, the largest universal bank in Colombia and among the top 500 banks globally, has selected FinacleTM Universal Banking Solution to power its operations in Colombia and its international subsidiaries.


Manjushree Q1 PAT up 46% yoy

Manjushree Q1 PAT up 46% yoyManjushree Technopack Ltd (Manjushree), leading Bangalore based Plastic Packaging Technology major has announced that it has recorded 35% jump in turnover at Rs 373.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

In the similar quarter of previous fiscal, company's revenues figure stood at Rs 276.8 million.

Company's operating profit before interest, depreciation and taxes has witnessed a jump by 60 % at Rs 65.5 million compared to Rs 41 million.


India set for nuclear power boost: Kakodkar

India set for nuclear power boost: KakodkarBangalore, Aug. 10 : The Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar, has said that India is set to open new uranium mines and boost its nuclear power generation capacity, as the country’s fuel supplies are expected to get a major push from international suppliers.

Kakodkar told reporters here that the first consignment of 120 tonnes of uranium pellets has already landed in India, and the government is engaged in a dialogue with international vendor countries to get more such supplies.


MphasiS acquires AIG's IT arm in India

MphasiS acquires AIG's IT arm in IndiaMphasiS, leading Bangalore-based IT and BPO services provider, has decided to purchase AIG Systems Solutions (AIGSS).

AIG Systems Solutions (AIGSS) is India's IT services and solutions subsidiary of American International Group (AIG).

MphasiS did not reveal the financial details of the deal.

In a communiqué, MphasiS stated that this acquisition will help them increase their offerings to the insurance industry and offer domain solutions.

According to MphasiS, AIGSS is having centres located in Chennai and Kolkata and employs 800 professionals.


27-year-old dies of swine flu in Bangalore, death toll rises to 27 in India

27-year-old dies of swine flu in Bangalore, death toll rises to 27 in IndiaBangalore, Aug 16 : The death of a woman named Shilpa Hegde, 27, due to swine flu virus in Bangalore on Sunday, pushed the country’s swine flu death toll to 27.

With the death of Shilpa, the number of deaths due to swine flu in Bangalore has risen to five.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Shamshad Begum had died at the Baptist Hospital late.

According to Health officials, Shilpa Hegde and Shamshad Begum fell prey to the infection at different hospitals and their test reports confirmed they had swine flu virus.


Rahul Dravid back after two-year gap

Rahul Dravid back after two-year gapBangalore, Aug 17 : Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid is to make a return to one-day international cricket after a gap of almost two years.

After being announced as ''selected'' on Sunday, Dravid gave made his first media appearance on Monday after his practice session at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Dravid said that he was quite happy to be back in the team, and hope to do well in the upcoming series.


Karnataka refuses to ban Jaswant Singh''s book on Jinnah

Karnataka refuses to ban Jaswant Singh''s book on JinnahBangalore /Patna, Aug 22 : Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has confirmed that his government does not propose to ban Jaswant Singh''s book ''Jinnah - India, Partition, Independence''.

Unlike Gujarat, which is also ruled by the BJP, Yediyurappa asserted that his government would not ban the book.

"I am not planning to ban that book," he said.


Swine flu fear in Bangalore

Swine flu fear in BangaloreBangalore, Aug 22 : Fear of H1N1 influenza has gripped Bangalore after the city experienced one more death case taking the toll to 11 in Karnataka.

Residents have turned into a perturbed lot, dreading the disease. They expressed doubts over the effectiveness of masks as a preventive measure.

"As far as I know, I don''t know how much these masks will help to prevent H1N1 because my understanding is that if someone has H1N1, anybody within three to four feet, have chances of being infected. So I don''t think these masks will prevent infection," said Kritika Desai, a resident.


Specially-abled kids take equine therapy in Bangalore

Specially-abled kids take equine therapy in BangaloreBangalore, Aug. 26 : Many specially-abled kids in Bangalore undertook Equine therapy for improvement in health and developing confidence in their lives on Tuesday (August 25).

Equine therapy or, horse therapy is only a few years old in India.

The Army Service Corps Centre (ASC) and College provided the opportunity to children with special needs by lending its horse-riding grounds and facilities for boosting the equine therapy, just before the commencement of their national polo tournament.


Indian cricket team conducts practise session in Bangalore

Indian cricket team conducts practise session in BangaloreBangalore, Aug 27: The Indian cricket team got down to business on Thursday after an almost two-month long break and began the four-day conditioning camp being held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The conditioning camp is being held under the watchful eyes of Coach Gary Kirsten and trainer Ramji Srinivasan.


Indian cricket team toils at Bangalore conditioning camp

Indian cricket team toils at Bangalore conditioning campBangalore, Aug 28 : The Indian cricket team sweated hard on Friday, the second day of a four day conditioning camp that is being held at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.

The conditioning camp before team’s trip to Sri Lanka is being held under the watchful eyes of coach Gary Kirsten, fielding coach Robin Singh and trainer Ramji Srinivasan.

Apart from regular exercise sessions, the players played football as part of their fitness regime.


Indian prodigy boy completes PhD in physics at the age of 21

Indian prodigy boy completes PhD in physics at the age of 21Bangalore, Aug 28 : After creating waves by completing Bachelors’ degree at the age of 10 and Masters at 12, Tathagat Avatar Tulsi, well known as child prodigy has achieved another milestone by becoming a PhD in Physics.

He has completed his doctorate in Physics at the age of 21 from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, spending six years like anyone else.

Tulsi has the special distinction of being one of the world’s youngest scientists.


Radio contact lost with Chandrayaan-I : ISRO

Radio contact lost with Chandrayaan-I : ISROBangalore, Aug. 29 : Radio contact with Chandrayaan-I spacecraft was abruptly lost at 1:30 a. m. on Saturday.

Deep Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore received the data from Chandrayaan-I during the previous orbit upto 12:25 a. m.

Detailed review of the Telemetry data received from the spacecraft is in progress and health of the spacecraft subsystems is being analyzed, said an ISRO press release.

It may be recalled that Chandrayaan-I spacecraft was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota on October 22, 2008.


India’s first moon mission may be over, says project director

India’s first moon missionBangalore, Aug 29 :India's ambitious moon mission -- Chandrayaan-I -- has probably ended after losing radio contact since Saturday noon, said its project director M. Annadurai, but Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair said scientists will evaluate the performance of the mission over the next two days before deciding whether or not to call it off.

Earlier, in the day the flamboyant spacecraft had lost the radio control at around 1.30 a. m. IST, increasing fears of a premature end of the spacecraft.


Indian cricket team practices hard in Bangalore

Indian cricket team practices hard in BangaloreBangalore, Aug 30 : The Indian cricket team was seen sweating hard on the practice ground in Bangalore for the tri-series in Sri Lanka, featuring New Zealand from September 8-14.

It was the third day of the four-day conditioning camp on Saturday, which was held under the vigilant eyes of coach Gary Kirsten, fielding coach Robin Singh and trainer Ramji Srinivasan.

Apart from the regular exercise sessions, the players played football, which is also a part of their fitness regime.


Karnataka Housing Minister resigns following defeat in by poll

Karnataka Housing Minister resigns following defeat in by pollBangalore, Aug 31 : Karnataka Housing Minister V. Somanna resigned from the state cabinet on Monday following his defeat in the recent by polls to the state assembly.

Somanna handed over his resignation to the Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.


Strides Arcolab secures contract to supply 74 million capsules of Oseltamivir

Strides Arcolab, Rs 1000 crore plus Bangalore based pharmaceutical company, has received an order from the Government of India for supplying 7.4 lakh capsules of Oseltamivir.

The drug is the generic equivalent of Tamiflu - Roche's innovator product, which is prescribed to treat influenza - A (H1N1).

It should be noted that the company has conducted several necessary bioequivalence studies and established bioequivalence of its product with Tamiflu.

The drug is being manufactured at the company's Bangalore facility approved by the US FDA and is WHO pre-qualified. The supply will commence immediately.


Bangalore confirms four more swine flu deaths

Bangalore confirms four more swine flu deathsBangalore, Sep 4 : Four more swine flu deaths were reported in Karnataka on Friday, taking the H1N1 virus toll to 35 in the state.

According to sources, all the four deaths occurred Bangalore.

Though, the deaths happened between Sunday and Wednesday, the results of the swab tests arrived only on Friday.

The State Health Department is taking steps to contain the spread of swine flu. Recently a special swine flu training programme for doctors of private hospitals was held in here.


Swine flu: 4 more dies in IT hub Bangalore, death toll rises to 35

Bangalore Swine flu turned more deadly on Thursday as four more persons died of deadly virus in Karnataka, taking the death toll in the state to 35.

Informing the media persons, the health officials said that all of the four died in the state capital, Bangalore.

A 38-year-old woman named Kamala, admitted to Victoria Hospital on August 31 died on Tuesday. According to doctors, there was a delay in seeking medical intervention leading to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

The other three include a 27-year-old, 31-year-old and a 41-year-old who surrender to the virus in different private hospitals.


Pakistan is epicentre of terror in the region: S.M. Krishna

Pakistan is epicentre of terror in the region: S.M. KrishnaBangalore, Sep 5 : External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna attacked Pakistan on Saturday by calling it epicentre of terror in this region, and said it’s for Islamabad to decide what kind of ties it wants with India.

Speaking to the media here, Krishna said: “Pakistan is an epicentre of terror in this region. We told this to Pakistan as well and also to our friendly countries.”

Krishna also criticized the approach of the Pakistan Government towards the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.


Krishna asks Nepal to ensure safety of Indian priests

Krishna asks Nepal to ensure safety of Indian priestsBangalore, Sep 5 : Minister of External Affairs (MEA) S. M. Krishna on Saturday reacted strongly to the attack on two Indian priests of the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, and asked Nepal Government to ensure safety and security of the priests.

Speaking to reporters here, Krishna said “The Government of India is in touch with the Nepal Government and asked it to ensure security to the priests of Pashupatinath Temple.”


ISRO admits miscalculation of moon temperature led to Chandrayaan''s early termination

ISRO admits miscalculation of moon temperature led to Chandrayaan''s early terminationBangalore, Sep. 7 : A senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has candidly admitted that scientists miscalculated the temperature of the moon and that this had led to the early termination of the Chandrayaan-I mission last month.


Billiards champ Advani returns home after winning IBSF title

Billiards champ Advani returns home after winning IBSF titleBangalore, Sep 8 : World Billiards champion Pankaj Advani arrived here on Tuesday morning after pulling off a surprise win over nine-time winner Mike Russell in the final of the world championships in Leeds, UK.

On Sunday night, the 24-year-old Advani scripted a brilliant 2030-1253 win over Russell to win his maiden World Professional Billiards title at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Former champions hailed Pankaj''s feat of becoming the second Indian cueist to clinch the world professional billiards crown in its 139-year history.


ANI cameraman slapped by irate Bhajji before leaving for Lanka

ANI cameraman slapped by irate Bhajji before leaving for LankaBangalore, Sep 9 : Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh lost his cool on Wednesday, jabbing at a cameraman at Bangalore International Airport before leaving with the team for the tri-series in Sri Lanka.

Singh jabbed at the ANI cameraman Lakshmi Narayanan after his camera had hit him on the head while he was taking his luggage out from a car before entering the airport.

He gave an angry stare at the cameraman even as a security personnel tried to push back the lensmen who had virtually mobbed the cricketer.


K. H. Muniyappa to attend flagging off ceremony of Standard Gauge Metro Car

K. H. Muniyappa to attend flagging off ceremony of Standard Gauge Metro CarBangalore, Sep. 9 : The Minister of State for Railways, K. H. Muniyappa, will attend a programme here on Friday where country's first Standard Gauge Metro Car will be flagged off.

Standard Gauge Metro Car is being manufactured by Bharat Earth Movers Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Defence.

The Minister of State of Defence, Dr. Pallam Raju will also be present on the occasion.


Miscreants attacks church in Bangalore

Miscreants attacks church in BangaloreBangalore, Sep 10 : Some unidentified miscreants attacked the St. Francis de Sales Church in Hebbagudi on Hosur road in the outskirts of Bangalore, breaking over 10 window glasses and destroying the statues of Mother Mary and Jesus Christ in the early hours of Thursday.

According to sources, about 25 miscreants forcefully entered the St. Francis Church that was spread over two acres of land, at around 3. a. m.

Thousands of people gathered in the church premises after learning about the incident.


Karnataka Government orders CoD probe into church attack

B. S. YeddyurappaBangalore, Sep 11 : The Karnataka Government on Friday, announced that it will hand over the investigation of an attack on a church to the state’s Cops of Detective
(CoD).

Addressing the State Assembly Chief Minister,  said: "We will refer the probe to the Corps of Detectives (CoD),"

A detailed statement on the issue would be placed before the house as the earliest, he added.

Unidentified miscreants vandalised the St Francis De Sales Church in Hebbagodi. Two statues of Jesus and Mary placed in a grotto were desecrated, windowpanes were damaged on Thursday.


Karnataka confirms four more swine flu deaths

Karnataka confirms four more swine flu deathsBangalore, Sep 12 : The Karnataka Health Department confirmed the death of four women from swine flu in the state on Saturday.

With this the number of deaths due to swine flu in the state reaches 57.

Meanwhile, 22 more people were tested positive for the A H1N1 virus in the state, raising the number of positive cases to 708.

State Health officials said that three deaths were reported from Bangalore, the fourth one was registered in Kolar.

All these victims were tested positive for A H1 N1virus on Friday.


My book brings India and Pakistan closer: Jaswant Singh

Jaswant SinghBangalore, Sep 13 : Former Union Minister and author of the controversial book `Jinnah: India-Partition Independence,' Jaswant Singh, said here on Saturday that his book will bring India and Pakistan closer.

Speaking after releasing his book to the Bangalore market Singh said : "I find the response from Pakistan very encouraging, I am very hopeful of good relations between India and Pakistan."

Singh was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in August after the party felt that the views expressed by Singh in the book were against party ideology.

But Singh''s book sales have soared in Pakistan.


Kingfisher’s Mumbai-Bangalore flight returns to Mumbai due to technical snag

Kingfisher-airlinesThe malfunctioning of the landing gear forced a Mumbai to Bangalore flight, of the Kingfisher Airlines, to resort to an emergency landing within minutes of its take off on Tuesday.

Going by the information forwarded by sources 'in the know' of the proceedings, the Bangalore-bound Kingfisher Flight IT 103 was carrying 98 passengers. Preliminary reports have revealed that within twelve minutes of its take off, a technical snag in the landing gear was reported to the Air Traffic Control (ATC).


18-month-old boy falls into storm water drain near Bangalore

Bangalore, Sep. 16 : An 18-month-old child fell into a storm water drain on Wednesday morning, leaving his parents stunned and shocked.

The incident took place in Devarrachikkanahalli in the Bannargatta area near Bangalore at around 7.30 a. m.

Television channel reports said that the storm water drain stretches for a distance of three kilometers, and added that a fire engine and cranes have reached the spot to attempt to retrieve the boy. Further details are awaited. (ANI)


India against credit curbs to check price rise: Mukherjee

India against credit curbs to check price rise: MukherjeeBangalore, Sept 20 : Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that the government opposes tighter monetary policy to curb rising food prices as this would hit economic growth of the country.

"To prevent the adverse impact of the rising prices of essential commodities, we are encouraging imports where there is short supply," Mukherjee said on the sidelines of a conference here on Saturday.


Chandrayaan-I mission was a complete success, says ISRO chairman

Chandrayaan-I mission was a complete success, says ISRO chairmanBangalore, Sept 25 : Terming the finding of water on the Lunar surface a ‘historic’ one, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Friday said that the Chandrayaan-I mission was a complete success.

Addressing mediapersons here, Nair said: "The Chandrayaan mission performed wonderfully. Earlier, I said it had completed 95 per cent of its mission objectives. Today, I say it has done 110 per cent.”


Phoenix Technologies announces Rs 100 crore investment plans in India

Phoenix Technologies announces Rs 100 crore investment plans in IndiaPhoenix Technologies Ltd, an embedded technologies and service provider, has chalked out Rs 100 crore investment plans for its Bangalore-based Development Centre, over the next few years. Besides, the headcount at the center, initially having a work force of 60 people, would be also doubled within the next 6 month for supporting local and global R&D products.


Talks between Karnataka Government, doctors fail

Talks between Karnataka Government, doctors failBangalore, Sep 29 : The stalemate between the Karnataka Government and doctors over salary hike shows no sign of ending, as a meeting held here on Tuesday ended without any significant solution.

The doctors have been demanding incentives suitable to their profession, parity in pay scale, regularising the services of doctors appointed on contract, banning all future appointments of doctors on contract, and time-bound promotions, which the Government refused to accept.


MindTree to acquire Kyocera Wireless India

MindTree to acquire Kyocera Wireless IndiaBangalore-based software firm, MindTree Limited has finally agreed to acquire Bangalore-based Kyocera Wireless India Pvt. Ltd.

Under the arrangement, MindTree will make an upfront payment of approximately $6 million for the acquisition. Further payments will be linked to Kyocera Wireless' revenues in financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12.

The IT firm expects the acquisition to contribute about $9 million in revenues for the period Oct 2009 to March 2010, with profit after tax expected to be in the range of 13-15 percent.


2 More Dies Of H1N1 In IT Hub Bangalore, Death Toll Rises To 66

KarnatakaThe virus of swine flu turned more deadly on Tuesday when two more persons died of it in Bangalore, taking the death toll in the city to 66.

It is learnt that a 38-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man died of the virus in different hospitals of the city on September 25.

However, the swab test results of the two victims confirming their H1N1 status were received on September 29.

With these two deaths, the death toll has reached to 91 in the state.


Reva to roll out two new electric cars soon

Reva-electric-carBangalore, Sep 30  The maker of India's sole battery-run car, Reva Electric Car Co., is setting up a second plant in the country's tech hub to roll out two new models next year for domestic and export markets, a top company official has said.

"We are investing Rs. 300 million (Rs. 30 crore) in the second plant that will eventually have an installed capacity of 30,000 units per annum," Reva co-founder and deputy chairman Chetan Kumar Maini told IANS.

The 14-year-old firm has raised $20 million (Rs. 960 million) from global investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Global Environment Fund for this.


Wipro to open development centre in Australia

Wipro to open development centre in AustraliaBangalore, Sep 30: Global software major Wipro Ltd will boost its presence in Australia by opening a 150-seat software development centre at Melbourne this December, the IT bellwether said Wednesday.

Announcing the decision on the occasion of Victoria premier John Brumby's visit to the company's corporate headquarters in this tech hub, Wipro chairman Azim Premji said the Victorian operations would strengthen the company's Australia delivery capabilities and boost its presence in the country.


Volvo IT starts Command Centre in Bangalore

VolvoVolvo IT has started a new global command centre in Bangalore. The new control center will assist its parent, the Volvo Group, in remotely managing and supporting infrastructure, networks and computers.

Mr. Satish Rajkumar, head of Volvo IT India said that the new Indian control center would monitor Volvo Group's IT operations at 17 locations worldwide from Bangalore.

The Bangalore-based control center has a giant screen formed by the combination of several 80-inch wide-screen monitors. The screen will display all the alerts generated and problems faced by the system.


In festive season, it's low political discourse in Karnataka

In festive season, it's low political discourse in KarnatakaBangalore, Oct 2  For people in Karnataka who are weighed down by high prices of food articles, vegetables, fruits and flowers, the political class is not offering any cheer. It is busy in low discourse with epithets like 'rascals', 'emperor of lies', 'mentally not sound' and 'no respect for age' hurled at each other.

"This is a government of rascals," thundered Congress leader Siddaramaiah when the Bharatiya Janata Party government deployed police to thwart his party's plan to lay siege to the state secretariat.


Choppers, boats rescue flood-hit in Karntaka, toll 71

Andhra-floodsBangalore, Oct 2 : Helicopters and boats were deployed Friday to rescue hundreds of people marooned in north Karnataka battered by heavy rain since Wednesday. The number of people who have died in the torrential rain has risen to 71.

According to reports reaching the state disaster management office here, the majority of deaths till Friday morning have occurred in Bijapur (23), Gulbarga (13), Raichur
(11), Koppal (10), Bagalkot (10) and Bellary (7).


GE merges healthcare units with Wipro joint venture

GE-HealthcareBangalore, Oct 2 : Medical technologies and services major GE Healthcare has integrated its business units and manufacturing plants in India with its joint venture Wipro GE Healthcare to drive growth, the company said Friday.

"The strategic move is aimed at effective management and optimal utilisation of resources to help accelerate growth in regions where demand for healthcare is growing," GE Healthcare chief executive John Dineen said in a statement released here.

The joint venture distributes about 85 percent of the $17-billion GE Healthcare's products and solutions in India.


Rain spreads havoc in Karnataka, claims 88 lives

Rain spreads havoc in Karnataka, claims 88 livesBangalore, Oct 2 : Torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in North Karnataka with 35 more deathsbeing reported from the region since Thursday night.

The rain-related death toll in the state has climbed to 88.

Eight people were killed in Raichur, six in Bagalkote, five in Bellary, four each in Bijapur, Gulbarga and Gadag and two each in Koppal and Bidar.

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa is visiting rain-affected Haveri district on Friday.


Floods displace over a million people in Karnataka, AP, and Maharashtra

Floods displace over a million people in Karnataka, AP, and MaharashtraBangalore/ Hyderabad, Oct 5 : Heavy rains and floods over the past week have wreaked havoc in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and claimed over 230 lives and displaced over a million people.

On Monday, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged states to assess the damage.


Karnataka CJ Dinakaran attends court proceedings

Karnataka CJ Dinakaran attends court proceedingsBangalore, Oct 5 : The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court P. D. Dinakaran attended court for the first time on Monday after staying away from it for some days following a controversy related to him allegedly acquiring property in illegal ways.

On Saturday, the Advocate General of Karnataka, Ashok Harnahalli urged Justice Dinakaran to sit on the Bench and conduct the proceedings.

Harnahalli, along with Additional Advocate-General K. M. Nataraj and State Public Prosecutor Pravin called on the Chief Justice and urged him to reconsider his decision.


Guinness record holder Kishan to direct commercial movie

Guinness record holder Kishan to direct commercial movie Bangalore, Oct 5 : Master Kishan, who entered the Guinness book of records for being the youngest filmmaker, is now all set to make a full-fledged commercial Kannada film.

The film will be made under the banner of Kiran Movie Makers, owned by Master Kishan's father Srikanth, and it will have all the commercial elements - fights, thrills and songs.

Speaking to IANS, Kishan, who is now 13, said that it will be made both in Kannada and Tamil.


Bangaloreans unite to help Karnataka's flood victims

Bangaloreans unite to help Karnataka's flood victimsBangalore, Oct 5 : At a time when north Karnataka has witnessed large-scale loss of human lives and property due to floods, a motley group of people from state capital Bangalore have come together to provide some succour to the victims.

In one of the collection centres of voluntary organisation Goonj in Bangalore it has been a busy Monday, as members are sorting out clothes and food items to be sent to flood affected places in Karnataka.


Sonia Gandhi makes aerial survey of flood-hit Bellary

Sonia GandhiBangalore, Oct 5 : The Karnataka government and the state Congress party Monday urged Congress president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi for massive central assistance to rehabilitate the flood-hit in the state's northern districts.

Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa met Gandhi at Bellary, about 350 km from here, and submitted a memorandum for central help after she made an aerial survey of the devastation caused by torrential rain and flash floods in northern districts.


Dinakaran attends court, advocates to decide on boycott move Wednesday

P. D. DinakaranBangalore, Oct 5 : Karnataka Chief Justice P. D. Dinakaran, facing allegations of excess land acquisition in his home state Tamil Nadu, Monday attended the court, ignoring the call of Bangalore advocates to stay away till his name is cleared.

The Bangalore Advocates Association, which had on Sep 17 urged Dinakaran not to hold court till his name is cleared of the charges, Monday decided to hold a special general body meeting Wednesday to decide whether to boycott his court.


Krishna to meet PM Wednesday on more aid to flood-hit Karnataka

S. M. Krishna Bangalore, Oct 5 : External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said Monday he would prevail upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to grant more relief to flood-hit Karnataka from the National Calamity Contingency Fund.

"I will meet the prime minister in New Delhi Wednesday and apprise him of the colossal damage caused by heavy rains and flash floods in north Karnataka for speedy release of funds from NCCF to the state," Krishna, a former chief minister of the state, told reporters here.


Rain, floods in Karnataka cause Rs.16,500 crore loss: minister

Rain, floods in Karnataka cause Rs.16,500 crore loss: minister  Bangalore, Oct 5 : Three days of rain and floods in Karnataka have caused damage of around Rs. 16,500 crore besides leaving 195 people dead, it was officially stated Monday.

Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who is camping in the northern districts - the worst affected in the rain and flash floods that hit 15 of the state's 29 districts Wednesday - will undertake a 'padyatra' (walk) in Bangalore Oct 7 and 8 to seek funds from the people, Home Minister V. S. Acharya told reporters here.


Karnataka swine flu toll rises to 100

Karnataka swine flu toll rises to 100Bangalore, Oct 6  The swine flu toll in Karnataka has touched 100 after one more person succumbed to the HIN1 virus, a health official said here Tuesday.

The latest victim of swine flu was a 31-year-old woman who died at a private hospital in Bangalore Oct 2. She was under observation at the hospital since Sep 15.

The report confirming that she tested positive for the virus was, however, received Oct 5, a health official said.

Out of the 100 swine flu death reports in Karnataka, 67 were registered in Bangalore and the rest from other parts of the state.


Krishna advises students to be cautious in Australia

Krishna advises students to be cautious in AustraliaBangalore, Oct 6 : Reacting to reports that Indian wrestlers had attacked a group of youths after they were racially abused in Australia, External Affairs Minister S. M Krishna has said students should not take the law in their hands.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, Krishna said although self-defence was fundamental in nature, students should not take the law in their hands.


Coffee fest to focus on market opportunities in India

Coffee fest to focus on market opportunities in IndiaBangalore, Oct 6  The India International Coffee Festival (ICCF 2009) that kicks off here Wednesday will focus on the domestic opportunities for international players and global trends in the plantation commodity.

"The international coffee community has recognised the huge potential of the Indian market. The fest will focus on unlocking this potential by showcasing the opportunities in the domestic market," state-run Coffee Board chairman G. V. Krishna Rau told IANS.


Karnataka BJP leaders, rights panel chief spar over flood relief

Karnataka BJP leaders, rights panel chief spar over flood relief Bangalore, Oct 6 : Karnataka's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Tuesday strongly objected to the state human rights commission chief's comments that the state government has failed to provide immediate relief to the flood hit.

"The chairperson of KSHRC should not interfere in matters which is beyond his understanding," senior BJP leader and Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda told reporters.

KSHRC head S. R. Nayak is a former chief justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.


Karnataka banks on people's generosity to rebuild flood-hit

Karnataka banks on people's generosity to rebuild flood-hitBangalore, Oct 6 : The Karnataka government is appealing to people, NGOs, religious and educational institutions and corporates to donate liberally to help it rehabilitate the flood-ravaged in the state's northern districts.

Chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who has been camping in the worst-affected northern districts for the last three days, assessing the damage and supervising relief efforts, said Tuesday damage to property was Rs. 20,000 crore.


Sonata inaugurates second Microsoft offsite facility

Sonata SoftwareSonata Software, leading IT consulting as well as software services provider, has inaugurated its second offsite facility (OF) for Microsoft at Sonata's new Global Village plant located in Bangalore.

The sources informed that new development centre has been planned keeping in mind flexible, scalable as well as independent functions.

Sources added that the plant will offer design, development, testing, production as well as maintenance of Microsoft's products.


Homes washed away, despair overwhelms Karnataka's flood victims

Homes washed away, despair overwhelms Karnataka's flood victimsBangalore, Oct 7  Till a week back, Sreelakshmi had a home of her own where she lived happily with her two sons and husband. Today, with the floods washing away her home in a Karnataka village, all she has in the name of a shelter is a tarpaulin sheet over her head.

The recent flash floods in north Karnataka swept away her home at Goanwar village of Jewargi taluk in Gulbarga district, around 600 km from Bangalore.


Two die of swine flu in Bangalore, Karnataka toll 103

Two die of swine flu in Bangalore, Karnataka toll 103Bangalore, Oct 7: With two new swine flu deaths being reported in Karnataka, the toll due to the H1N1 virus in the state reached 103, a health official said here Wednesday.

Both the deaths have been reported from Bangalore.

While an 18-year-old boy died in a government hospital Oct 3, the second victim, a 38-year-old woman succumbed to the flu in a private hospital here Oct 5.

However, reports confirming that both the victims tested positive for the virus were received only Oct 6, a health official said.


Cable & Wireless beats slowdown blues, grows by 35 percent

Cable & Wireless beats slowdown blues, grows by 35 percent  Bangalore, Oct 7 : World's leading communication services provider Cable & Wireless grew by 35 percent in the first six months (April-Sep) of this fiscal despite the economic slowdown, a top company official said Wednesday.

"The global recession was challenging, as there were delays in decision-making by enterprises on investments in the communications infrastructure space. Yet we have done well to achieve 35 percent growth in the first half," Cable & Wireless India managing director Sunanda Das told IANS by phone.


People donate over Rs.500 cr for flood-hit in Karnataka

People donate over Rs.500 cr for flood-hit in Karnataka  Bangalore, Oct 7 : Funds have begun to pour in from public to help rebuild the flood-ravaged areas of Karnataka with over Rs. 500 crore collected since Tuesday when the government announced opening of a special bank account for donations.

"I am overwhelmed by the response of the people of Karnataka," Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa said after going through the city's commercial hub to seek funds for rehabilitation of over a million people left homeless by the Sep 30-Oct 2 rain and flashfloods.


Karnataka swine flu toll rises to 106

Karnataka swine flu toll rises to 106Bangalore, Oct 8  With three new swine flu deaths being reported in Karnataka, the death toll due to the H1N1 virus in the state reached 106, a health official said here Thursday.

While one death has been reported in Bangalore, the other two were from Bagalkote and Davanagere.

According to a health official, a 65-year-old man died at a government hospital in Bangalore Oct 3. He was admitted to the hospital Oct 1.

A three-year-old girl died at a private hospital in Bagalkote Oct 1. Bagalkote is about 500 km from here.


Inflation, currency volatility impact coffee industry: Expert

Inflation, currency volatility impact coffee industry: ExpertBangalore, Oct 8 : Besides the recession, high inflation, volatile currency rates and scarce finance are also posing challenges to the global coffee sector, an industry expert said Thursday.

"High inflation rates have reduced the power of coffee producers with production costs squeezing margins and fluctuating exchange rates impacting exporters and buyers," International Coffee Organisation (ICO) executive director Nestor Osorio said here at the India International Coffee Festival (ICCF-2009).


World coffee body mulls forum to finance producers

World coffee body mulls forum to finance producersBangalore, Oct 8 : The International Coffee Organisation (ICO) is planning a forum to arrange institutional finance to producers facing credit crunch, a top official said here Thursday.

"We plan to set up a forum next year to facilitate institutional credit to producing countries for retaining stocks and meet their capital requirements due to fund crunch," ICO executive director Nestor Osorio said at an international coffee conference here.


Duminy stars in Cape Cobras victory over Royal Challengers

Duminy stars in Cape Cobras victory over Royal ChallengersBangalore, Oct 9  J. P Duminy smashed 99 off 52 deliveries as Cape Cobras scored a thrilling five wicket victory over Royal Challengers in the opening Champions League match here Thursday.

The South African team, chasing 181, stunned the home crowd as they reached the target with just two balls to spare.

After the sparkling fireworks at the spectacular opening ceremony, Duminy provided the entertainment with the bat taking his team home single handedly. The next best contribution for Cobras was 20 runs from R. Canning.


Infosys net up 7.5 percent in second quarter

Infosys net up 7.5 percent in second quarterBangalore, Oct 9 : Infosys Technologies Ltd. posted net profit of Rs. 15.40 billion (Rs. 1,540 crore) for the second quarter (July-Sep) of this fiscal, registering 7.5 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth as per the Indian accounting standard.

In a regulatory filing Friday, the IT bellwether said its consolidated income for the quarter under review (Q2) increased by 3.1 percent YoY to Rs. 55.85 billion (Rs. 5,585 crore) under the Indian accounting standard.


By hook or book: A fest for Bangalore's bibliophiles

Bangalore, Oct 9  Come November and thousands of people will be seen browsing, reading and enjoying their favourite titles at the Bangalore Book Festival (BBF)-2009. And to catch even those who are not book lovers will be celebrities and a fashion show!

Now into its seventh edition, the 10-day book carnival will begin in the city's Palace Grounds, about six kilometres from the city centre, from Nov 6.

The primary aim of the book festival is to generate the reading habit among youths in Bangalore.


Infosys hires over 6,000 people in second quarter

Infosys hires over 6,000 people in second quarterBangalore, Oct 9 - Infosys Technologies Ltd, including its subsidiaries, hired 6,069 people during the second quarter (July-Sep) of this fiscal (2009-10), increasing the total headcount to 105,453 employees, the IT bellwether said Friday.

With the exit of 4,521 employees in the quarter under review (Q2), the net addition is 1,548 as against 5,927 in the same quarter year ago.


Victorian camaraderie to be of massive advantage during Champions League: White

Cameron WhiteBangalore, Oct. 9 : Victoria skipper Cameron White has said his team’s unity will overshadow star-studded Indian Premier League teams in the Champions League Twenty20.

“I think it''s a massive advantage for us, and I''m hoping we''re one of the best teams going around. That''s definitely a bonus that we are a team and are together the whole year round. I think that''s one of the biggest pluses going for us,” The Age quoted White, as saying.


Cheerleaders add spice to Bangalore cricket extravaganza

Cheerleaders add spice to Bangalore cricket extravaganzaBangalore, Oct 9  They are lively, bubbly and full of panache and cricket fans of Bangalore are enjoying every bit of their presence.

As Airtel Champions League T20 cricket championship kicked off here Thursday, The White Mischief Gals, the only official cheerleading group for the entire tournament, added a good dose of entertainment, along with cricketing action at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium.


Veteran cricket writer Rajan Bala passes away

Bangalore, Oct 9 Eminent cricket writer Natarajan Balasubramaniam, better known as Rajan Bala in the sports fraternity, passed away here Friday. He was 63.

He had suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital a fortnight back and was in coma since then. He never regained consciousness and passed away here Friday morning. He was also undergoing dialysis for quite some time.

Rajan Bala had been covering cricket for more than four decades and worked in several leading newspapers including the Statesman, the Hindu, the Indian Express and the Deccan Herald.


Infosys co-founders chip in to shelter flood-hit victims

Infosys co-founders chip in to shelter flood-hit victimsBangalore, Oct 9 Four co-founders of IT bellwether Infosys Technologies collectively contributed Rs. 10 crore to rebuild houses for the victims of flood havoc in north Karnataka recently, a top official said.

"The company has pledged Rs. 20 crore while four co-founders have volunteered to contribute Rs. 2.5 crore each to the effort to build 3,000 pucca (permanent) houses for the flood-affected people," Infosys chief executive S. Gopalkrishnan told reporters here.


PM grants Rs.1,000 crore relief for flood-hit Karnataka

PM grants Rs.1,000 crore relief for flood-hit KarnatakaBangalore, Oct 10  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in Karnataka and announced an immediate central aid of Rs. 1,000 crore.

After an aerial survey of Raichur and adjoining areas in north Karnataka, the worst affected in the Sep 30-Oct 2 rains and flashfloods, Manmohan Singh said further assistance would be considered after a central team assesses the damage.


Army will not be used against Maoists: PM

Army will not be used against Maoists: PMBangalore, Oct 10 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday affirmed the government's determination not to succumb to the increasing threat of Maoists but ruled out the use of the army against them.

"It shows the measure of challenge we face. We will never succumb," Singh told reporters in Raichur, about 400 km from here, after he made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in parts of north Karnataka.

"We are not talking of using armed forces. Police and paramilitary forces will be mobilized," the prime minister said.


Bangalore DJ arrested on drug peddling charge

Bangalore DJ arrested on drug peddling chargeBangalore, Oct 10 A 23-year-old Bangalore-based disc jockey (DJ) was arrested on charges of peddling drugs, police here said Saturday.

Nishchit Lalwani was arrested by sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bangalore police Friday on charges of possessing 354 grams of hashish (cannabis), a banned drug, worth Rs. 1 lakh.

Lalwani, a resident of Ranka Park Apartment on Lal Bagh Road here, has been working as a DJ in various city night clubs since 2003, a police officer said.


EID Parry acquires 76 percent stake in Sadashiva Sugars

EID Parry acquires 76 percent stake in Sadashiva Sugars

EID Parry (India) Ltd has announced that it has purchased 76% stake in Bangalore based Sadashiva Sugars.

The sources informed that the acquisition entails an investment of Rs 50 crore.

EID Parry functionaries stated in a communiqué that the funding of the acquisition will be done through internal accruals.

Sadashiva Sugars is having a facility situated at Nagaral Nainegali, Bagalkot district in Karnataka. This newly started plant is having a capacity to crush sugarcane of 2500 tcd and also has a cogeneration capactiy of 15.5 MW.


Blind band to make music for Karnataka's flood victims

Blind band to make music for Karnataka's flood victimsBangalore, Oct 12 - They are gifted and they are about to sing for the flood victims of Karnataka. Eight musicians and six singers, who are part of a band and are all visually impaired, say one doesn't need sight to see human agony.

The Indian Disabled League (IDL) Blind Band will perform at various places to raise money for the flood victims. It is a part of the IDL Foundation, a Bangalore-based voluntary organisation.


Teams that play together win together

Champions LeagueThe Indian Premier League teams may be attracting most of the moolah, but the rest of the sides in the Champions League are giving them a run for their money.

The three IPL participants-Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils-have all lost their opening group encounters and find themselves in must-win situations to advance in the tournament.

It's something Ray Jennings, the Bangalore coach, had predicted before the start of the Champions League.


Bangalore autos go on strike, hundreds stranded at bus, rail stations

Bangalore autos go on strike, hundreds stranded at bus, rail stationsBangalore, Oct 12 Hundreds of passengers arriving in Bangalore Monday morning in trains and buses were in for a shock as the city's auto rickshaws were on strike and public transport could not cope with the rush, officials said.

Parents who depend on autos to send their tiny tots to play-homes and nursery schools, office-goers and the general public also had a harrowing time looking for alternative transport.


Trinidad and Tobago elect to bat against Somerset

Trinidad and Tobago elect to bat against SomersetBangalore, Oct 12 Trinidad and Tobago won the toss and elected to bat against Somerset in a Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket at M. Chinnaswamy stadium here Monday.

Teams:

Somerset: Justin Langer (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Zander de Bruyn, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Arul Suppiah, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Ben Phillips, Alfonso Thomas, Max Waller, Charl Willoughby.

Trinidad & Tobago:


Bangalore police bust ‘D’ gang’s gun racket

Bangalore police bust ‘D’ gang’s gun racketBangalore, Oct 12 : Bangalore Police on Monday arrested two gun runners allegedly behind the Dawood Ibrahim gang in the city.

The action comes days after the arrest of three other Dawood gangsters from Jhankhand and Uttar Pradesh who were involved in gun running as well.

The arrested were identified as Mohammed Ayub (28) of Banashankari area in the city limit, Fairoz (32) and Ansar (22) of Hoskote in Bangalore rural District.

The police have recovered one pistol, three revolvers and 21 rounds of ammunition from the arrested persons.


Sex workers launch HIV awareness centre in Bangalore

Sex workers launch HIV awareness centre in BangaloreBangalore, Oct 12 A group of sex workers from across Karnataka came together here Monday to inaugurate Ashodaya Academy, a regional centre on HIV and AIDS to be run by the sex workers themselves to fight the spread of the disease.

The academy is located in Mysore, nearly 150 km from here, and is said to be the first of its kind in the entire Asia Pacific to be run by sex workers for prevention of HIV and AIDS.


India's top space scientist heads world astronautics body

India's top space scientist heads world astronautics bodyBangalore, Oct 12 India's top space scientist G. Madhavan Nair has been elected president of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) at its general assembly in South Korea, the Indian space agency said Monday.

Nair, chairman of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been vice-president of the IAA for four years prior to taking over the prestigious post Sunday at Daejeon in South Korea.


Trinidad defeats Somerset by 44 runs

Trinidad defeats Somerset by 44 runs  West Indies domestic club, Trinidad and Tobago has defeated English County team Somerset by 44 runs in the second match of the Group A of the T20 Champions League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Monday.

Trinidad skipper Darren Ganga won the toss and elected to bat first. Trinidad scored 150 runs for loss of 9 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. D Ramdin was top scorer for Trinidad who scored 39 runs in 39 balls.


Royal Challengers advance to second stage of Champions League

Royal Challengers advance to second stage of Champions LeagueBangalore, Oct 13 - Jacques Kallis put up an all-round performance to guide Bangalore Royal Challengers to the second round of the Champions League Twenty20 with a 80-run win over Otago Volts at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Monday.

Chasing a victory target of 189 runs, the New Zealand side were all out for 108 runs in 17.5 overs.

Kallis was the key player in Challengers' win, smashing an unbeaten 73 runs and taking three wickets to take the Indian Premier League team to the next stage.


Bangalore advances into second round

Bangalore advances into second roundThe Royal Challengers Bangalore team has made into the second round of the cash rich T20 Champions League as they crushed Otago by 80 runs in the third match of the Group C at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Monday.

The man of the match Jacques Kallis showed brilliant all-around performance to lead their team to victory in a must-win match. Kallis smashed unbeaten 73 runs in 59 balls apart from taking three crucial wickets.


Panel to study report on Bt brinjal for approval

Panel to study report on Bt brinjal for approvalBangalore, Oct 13 : The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) will meet Thursday in New Delhi to evaluate the safety and environment data on Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) brinjal for commercialisation of the genetically modified (GM) seed, a senior official said Tuesday.


Merck Arm Buys Sanmar Group Firm

Merck Arm Buys Sanmar Group FirmMerck Specialities, 100% arm of German-based pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA, has announced that it has purchased bioscience firm Bangalore Genei India Pvt. Ltd (BGIP) for an undisclosed sum.

BGIP is a division of south India-based Sanmar Group. The firm engages in the development, production, marketing in addition to sales of products for proteomic and genomic research.

The sources informed that the bioscience firm has clocked revenue of Rs 20 crore in fiscal 2008-09.

Merck is a worldwide pharmaceutical as well as chemical conglomerate with total revenues of $11.20 billion in fiscal 2008.


This Diwali, many Bangaloreans heading for hills

Bangalore, Oct 14 - In India's busy IT capital, Diwali will bring an extended weekend and many are heading to nearby hill stations, pilgrim centres and beaches to enjoy a short vacation.

Most multinational companies, including a large number of IT companies across the city, have declared a holiday on Monday for Diwali. With the state government holiday for the festival falling on Saturday, that will mean three days off for thousands of people.

The destinations popular with young professionals are hill stations like Udhagamandalam or Ooty and Kodaikanal (both Tamil Nadu) and Munnar (Kerala), all between 300 and 550 km from here.


Documentary brings out plight of children affected by AIDS

Bangalore, Oct 14 - Five-year-old Savithri Kumar has vivid memories of her loving parents, both of whom passed away due to HIV-AIDS two years ago.

"Both my parents loved me very much. I was the apple of their eyes. But unfortunately both died, just months apart, two years ago. Doctors say both had HIV-AIDS," Savithri (name changed), who too is HIV positive and currently staying with her grandmother in Bangalore, told IANS.


First woman IFS officer Muthamma dies

Chonira Belliappa MuthammaBangalore, Oct 14 : C. B. Muthamma, the first woman Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, died here Wednesday, her family members said. She was 85.

She passed away in a private hospital where she was undergoing treatment, the family members said.

Chonira Belliappa Muthamma was born Jan 24, 1924, in Kodagu, a beautiful hill station and land of coffee plantations, about 260 kms from here. She had served as ambassador and high commissioner to a number of countries during her career that started in 1949. She retired in 1982.


Share your 'pain and guilt', Bangalore addicts told

Bangalore, Oct 15 - Share your "pain and guilt" and stay away from alcohol and drug addiction. This is the latest mantra adopted by CARE (chemical addiction rehabilitation education), a Bangalore-based rehabilitation centre to help alcohol addicts here.

At an ongoing free counselling programme conducted by CARE at its office in Bannerghatta Road here, counsellors are encouraging visitors, who are mainly alcoholics, to share their pain and guilt to help them get rid of addiction.

"There is nothing like sharing one's pain and anguish. Talking is great therapy. Bottled up pain and anger are primary causes for most people resorting to alcoholism and substance abuse in the city," Balakrishna, a senior counsellor at CARE, told IANS.


Karnataka floods wash out Diwali spirit in Bangalore

Karnataka floods wash out Diwali spirit in BangaloreBangalore, Oct 15 - There are not much signs of celebrations in this city and festivities are muted. Bangaloreans do not seem to be in a mood to celebrate the festival of lights the way they did in the past because of the devastating floods in north Karnataka that killed more than 220 people and left millions homeless.

The state government has appealed to people in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka for a low-key celebration to show solidarity with the victims of the floods, said to be the worst in 100 years.


Soaring vegetable, fruit prices dampen Diwali spirit in Bangalore

Soaring vegetable, fruit prices dampen Diwali spirit in Bangalore Bangalore, Oct 15 : Ruma Thakur, a homemaker in Bangalore, is clueless on how to manage the household budget this Diwali as prices of vegetables and fruits soar towards the sky.

"I am finding it hard to buy common vegetables and fruits like tomato, carrot, sapota and banana. The prices of vegetables and fruits have doubled, specially after the floods," lamented Ruma, while shopping at the bustling H. A. L. fruit and vegetable market.


Helping the visually challenged to tackle public spaces

Bangalore, Oct 15 : Visually challenged people expressed concern over the lack of safe and accessible public spaces in the city on the occasion of World White Cane Safety Day Thursday.

"Visually challenged people are invisible minorities in the city. The city roads are not at all friendly for blind people. Moreover, the roads of Bangalore are hardly accessible for blind people," P. K. Paul, founder and executive trustee, Indian Disability League (IDL), told IANS on the sidelines of a conference on visually challenged people in the city.


Bangalore to take on Victoria in Super Eight

T20 Champion LeagueThe Royal Challenger Bangalore will play against Victoria Bushrangers in the first match of the Super Eight phase of the T20 Champion League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Thursday.

This match between the IPL-2 runner-up Bangalore and KFC Cup runner-up Victoria will certainly be a must watch encounter. Both teams had won one match in the league phase to advance into the next round.

Bangalore will rely on Jacuqes Kallis and Robin Uthappa to give them good opening stand. R Taylor has played brilliantly in the last few matches and provided the much needed momentum in the last overs of the inning.


Baul-Fakir musicians to enthrall Bangaloreans

Baul-Fakir musicians to enthrall BangaloreansBangalore, Oct 15 : The wandering minstrels of Bengal, Baul-Fakirs, will enthrall Bangaloreans during Diwali celebrations here Saturday.

Christened Baul-Fakir Utsav, the event will feature six of the finest Baul and Fakir (Sufi) singers from Shantiniketan.    

The utsav has been organised by Bangotsab Samiti, an organisation of Bengalis residing in Bangalore. On Saturday, Bengalis will celebrate Kali Puja, alongside Diwali across India.    


Royal Challengers lose to Victoria Bushrangers in Super Eights

Bangalore, Oct 16 - Bangalore Royal Challengers hopes of a semifinal berth in the Champions League Twenty20 received a jolt after going down to ictoria Bushrangers by seven wickets in Thursday's Super Eight league encounter.

Royal Challengers could put up only 127 for six on the board after electing to bat.

Victoria crossed the target in 15.5 overs losing just three wickets with some solid contribution from the top order.

The Australian side were off to a good start through opener Rob Quiney (29) and Brad Hodge (25). They added 48 runs in 39 balls. Aiden Blizzard (21) and David Hussey (31 not out off 15 balls) saw to it that there were no hiccup in the run chase. Hussey hit three sixes in the 15th over bowled by Anil Kumble to romp home.


Twenty20 cricket is a massive emotional rollercoaster: Langer

Twenty20 cricket is a massive emotional rollercoaster: LangerBangalore, Oct. 16 : Former Australian opener Justin Langer, who now plays first class cricket for Sussex, has described Twenty20 cricket as a huge emotional, but brilliant exercise.


Delhi Daredevils knocked out of Champions League

Delhi Daredevils knocked out of Champions LeagueBangalore, Oct 18 - No Indian team was left in contention for the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 after Banglaore Royal Challengers thrashed Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets in the Super Eight match at M. Chinnaswamy stadium here Saturday.

Chasing a victory target of 139 runs, Royal Challengers reached the target in just 15.1 overs. Ross Taylor (65) and Rahul Dravid (32 not out) shared 93 runs for the second wicket.