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UoM celebrates Foundation Day

Caption: T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairperson of Manipal Global Education Services, Bangalore, is seen lighting the lamp to inaugurate the Foundation Day celebration of the University of Mysore at the Crawford Hall in city this morning as VC Prof. K.S. Rangappa and Registrar Prof. C. Basavaraju look on.

Mysore, July 28- “The fundamental idea of a University is the propagation of knowledge and man’s inexorable urge to better himself and guide us in years to come. There is much we learn in University, but there a lot more than we can learn from them,” opined T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairperson, Manipal Global Education Services, Bangalore, here today.

He was delivering the Foundation Day lecture on ‘The Idea of a University’ organised by University of Mysore as part of its Foundation Day celebration at Crawford Hall in City.

Stating that India needs to debate the idea of a University once again, Pai said that there are great challenges in funding, scale, capacity and exodus of bright students to other nations after graduating from our varsities.

He said that while rest of the world had managed to deal with the rapid changes in the idea of a University and had kept them relevant, in India, the idea of University is getting lost with a focus on ensuring greater access and equity which has led to a decline in the quality and pursuit of education.

Later Pai enlightened the audience to the fact that today India has a very large eco system of 743 universities, 46,000 colleges and 3 crore students. "This massive growth has led to the lowering of standards and balkanisation of the idea of a comprehensive University, which in turn had led to the decline in liberal education, thus leading to deficiency of intrinsic characteristics in the Indian conception of a University," he said.

Students felicitated

Those who had scored more than 90% marks in SSLC and II PUC exams were given cash awards of Rs. 5000, medals and certificates while those scoring 80-90% marks were given Rs. 3000 in cash, medals and certificates.

University Vice Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa presided. Registrar Prof. C. Basavaraju and others were present.


Mysore, July 28- The election for the new team of Jachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club (JWGC) was held at its premises on Maharana Pratap Singhji Road behind Mysore Race Course in city yesterday.

The election results were announced late in the night where P.M. Ganapathy was elected as the President, Dr. Puttabasappa - Captain, Nagesh - Secretary and Arun Kumar - Treasurer along with other committee members.

But later, one of the contestants for the Captain's post K.A. Anil Kumar, who had lost by four votes to Dr. Puttabasappa, wanted a recount.

During the recount, the number of electronic votes did not tally with the post-voting receipts and so the result for the post of Captain was withheld.

One of the Committee members said that the electronic voting was what mattered and the receipt was only a formality and so in some cases, the members may have taken away their receipts with them instead of dropping it into the box and this has led to the confusion.

The Committee convened a meeting today at 12.30 pm to discuss the matter. The meeting was on when we went to Press.


Family members of martyrs felicitated on Kargil Vijay Divas

Caption:Kargil martyr Satish’s mother Savithramma, his brother and soldier Harish and martyr Hemachandu’s father Marigowda being felicitated at the inaugural function of Mysore Yuva Brigade in city yesterday. Also seen on the occasion are (standing from left) industrialist S.K. Dinesh, advocate O. Sham Bhat, writer Dr. Chakravarthi Soolibele, Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy, SVYM founder R. Balasubramaniam, litterateur Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa, Vijaya Vittala Educational Institutions Hon. Secretary R. Vasudev Bhat, advocate P.D. Medappa and RSS South Zone Sangh Sanchalak M. Venkatram.

Mysore, July 28- The Mysore unit of Yuva Brigade, an organisation formed by like-minded individuals with the object of serving the country, was inaugurated by litterateur Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa last evening at a function held at Govindarao Memorial Hall on JLB road in city.

Delivering the inaugural speech, Dr. Bhyrappa likened the Brigade to a platoon of young soldiers and hoped that they should play a vital role in nation-building.

“Many revolutions have taken place across the world through the active participation of the youth,” he said and cited the examples of Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters who had plunged into the struggle at a very young age.

“If the youth, after getting educated, wait for government jobs only, they will become a burden on the nation. Hence, the youth must learn to stand on their own feet and contribute their mite in nation-building by becoming entrepreneurs,” he opined.

Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy, speaking as a special invitee, said, “The Yuva Brigade should try to eschew three evils generally found among the people namely, indifference, intolerance and injustice.”

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) Founder Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, addressing the gathering, recalled Swami Vivekananda’s words that in order to build an organisation or a nation, the people must shed jealousy and distrust, and must strive together with goodwill. “The Yuva Brigade appears to have all the zeal and conviction to work towards a prosperous nation and we hope that they serve the society well,” he said.

Dr. Bhyrappa was felicitated with Mysooru Peta and shawl by the organisers.

Yuva Brigade Mysore’s Convener Lohith Urs presided over the function. Hon. Secretary of Vijaya Vittala Educational Institutions, R. Vasudev Bhat, advocate O. Sham Bhat, RSS South Zone Sangh Sanchalak M. Venkatram, orthopedic surgeon Dr. B.H. Manjunath, advocate P.D. Madappa, industrialists S.K. Dinesh, Land Developer Srihari and others were present. Former Minister S.A. Ramdas, former MLC Thontadarya, Dr. Vaman Rao Bapat and other dignitaries were present.

"I am a soldier… I will not beg the government…"

“Soldiers work in difficult situations. We charge at the enemy even after taking a bullet in our body. Despite their sacrifices, the government shows no concern for the families of soldiers. The Central government is taking care of the soldiers’ welfare and benefits. Not so our Karnataka government. My brother Satish was killed in Kargil war; but the promised house site did not come so far from the State Government. But it does not mean that I shall beg from the government… because I am a proud soldier,” said Armyman Harish, who had lost his brother Satish, also a soldier, in the Kargil war of 1999.

Holding back his tears, he unravelled some of his memories while serving in the Army at the inaugural function of Yuva Brigade held at Govindarao Memorial Hall on JLB Road in city last evening. His mother, hailing from nearby Mandya, sat in the front row among the audience, her eyes welled up with tears.

“While I was undergoing training in the Army, my younger brother Satish requested for my permission to join the Army. Being a soldier, I granted permission. After serving in Maharashtra and few other places, he was posted at the border in Jammu and Kashmir where he attained martyrdom while fighting the Pak enemy soldiers,” recalled Harish and added, “Despite working in harsh weather conditions, we lie to our family members that we are comfortable, so that they will not worry about us.”

Another martyr Hemachandu’s father Marigowda, speaking on the occasion, said that the agony of losing his son was unbearable; but he was also proud that his son had made the sacrifice for the country.

The entire audience listened to these two speakers in pin drop silence except for the slogans of “Bharat Mata ki jai” and clapping.

Yuva Brigade launched in city:

“Retired soldiers must be treated with respect” says writer Dr. Chakravarthi Soolibele

‘‘Yuva Brigade is a transformed version of NaMo Brigade’’

“Every Indian citizen must not only be grateful for the martyr soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice but must also give due respect to the retired defense personnel,” said renowned writer and orator Chakravarthi Soolibele.

Delivering the main speech at the Yuva Brigade’s inaugural function held at Govindarao Memorial Hall on JLB Road in city last evening, Dr. Soolebele rued that the government seems to have forgotten to honour the martyrs. “The retired soldiers are not given proper employment, forcing them to work as security guards to eke out a living,” he said.

“If one visits the Kargil battle zone and reads about the soldiers’ narrations, one would realise the horrific experience that our soldiers experienced. They used to write letters and keep before going to the battlefield with a message to friends that in case they died, to send the letter to their family members,” said Dr. Soolebele.

“The soldiers used to insist that instead of food packets their rucksacks be loaded with bullets as they had to counter the Pak soldiers armed with guns that could fire 30 rounds, with their own guns of only three bullets in the magazine,” he said.

“We have lost about 520 of our soldiers in the Kargil war including Param Veer Chakra awardees Shershah, Vikram Batra, Sanjay Kumar, Maj. Manoj Kumar Pandey and Maj. Padmapani Acharya.

“In a State where thousands of crores of rupees is being spent to give rice at Rs. One a kg, only Rs. 200 crore is being set aside for the welfare of soldiers,” he said.

Speaking about the Yuva Brigade, Dr. Soolebele said that it is a transformed version of NaMo Brigade. “It was feared that if the organisation, formed in the name of an individual with thousands of activists and supporters, is closed down abruptly, it will amount to misleading thousands of young supporters. Hence, instead of closing it down, NaMo Brigade has been transformed into Yuva Brigade,” he said.

“It has students, people from IT sector, people working in industries, bankers, entrepreneurs, farmers and from many other sections of the country. Everyone has come together with the common intention of working for the country so that we leave behind a glorious, inclusive and a strong nation for our future generation.

At present, Yuva brigade has its units in 26 districts of Karnataka.


Mysore, July 28- Rotary Mysore East & J.P.Nagar and NIPM Mysore Chapter have jointly organised a talk on the topic: “Prosperity and Harmony at Work and Home...” by the internationally-acclaimed Feng Shui Master and SOM columnist S.B.S.Surendran tomorrow at 5.45 pm at Rotary High School auditorium on KRS road here.

The talk will be followed by an interaction with the speaker, who is a regular columnist in both national and international dailies and is featured on many TV channels.

Profile: S.B.S. Surendran, an accredited Feng Shui Master, Vaastu Expert and a Bio-energetician has been a practicing consultant and trainer for over 16 years. A qualified Electrical Engineer, Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers-India and accredited Feng Shui Master with PG in the field of Bioenergetics from France, he has a client base spreading across the length and breadth of the globe.

Integrating the science of Feng Shui, Vaastu and Bio-energetics, he has offered his services to homes, industries, and housing development lots, hotels, restaurants, multinational corporate and industrial projects globally. His services were also availed in the creative field of Indian movie making in various film projects.

A product of the Traditional and Authentic School of Feng Shui, Vaastu and Bio-energetics, Surendran has been trained under many Grand Masters from India for Vaastu, in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore for Feng shui and in France for Bio-energetics. The Grand Masters specialised in various fields have not only imparted the subtle nuances and traditional secrets in the various specialisations but also personally trained him for practical applications.

His specialty is Vaastu corrections through authentic Chinese Feng Shui, Bio-energetics, Pyramid Science and Dowsing. He been offering professional consultations in the fields of his specialisation covering the various schools of Feng Shui designs including Chinese Astrology (four pillars of Destiny), I ching , Vedic Vaastu further empowered through his skills in Bau biology and Geo magnetic fields analysis.

Featured across all the major global TV channels on their prestigious Talk Shows he has to his credit a large number of Television appearances in the field of Feng Shui and Vaastu science.


Bangalore, July 28 - Well-known comedian of Bollywood, Johny Lever, is all set to make you laugh with his mind-blowing and live stand-up comedy show 'Johny Lever Live' on Aug. 9 at 6.30 pm at Elaan Convention Hall in Bangalore.

It is a modern day Hindi stand-up comedy show in which Johny Lever incorporates references and observations on social media, politics, human behaviour, pop culture, cultural affairs and technology, among other things. He effortlessly absorbs them into his routines, the result of which is a laugh riot that is enjoyed by audiences of all age groups.

For tickets, log on to and for home delivery of tickets call mob: 92437-77970.


MP Pratap Simha leads candle-light protest march

Mysore, July 28- Close on the heels of nearly 200 members of United Motor Heads taking out a Bike rally in city yesterday morning protesting against rising atrocities on women and children in the State, hundreds of students of various colleges in the city, led by MP Pratap Simha, yesterday evening took out a candle-light protest march.

During the candle-light march taken out under the banner of Mysore Against Rape Discrimination, the protestors demanded stern action against perpetrators of crimes against women at a meeting held at Maharaja’s College Grounds.

Pratap Simha-led candle-light march which began from Maharaja’s College Grounds passed through Ramaswamy Circle and RTO Circle to reach the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Law Courts Complex where they observed a two-minute silence before dispersing.

Ashrith, Ravi Keerthi, Nandakumar, Vagmish, Amogh, Anurag, Govinda, Vishwanath and others took part in the march.


Mysore, July 28- There seems to be no end in sight for difficulties being faced by those visiting the Mysore Palace as a herd of monkeys yesterday reportedly attacked a woman tourist from Tamil Nadu leaving her baffled.

It is reported that the incident occurred when a group of monkeys attacked a woman member of a family from Tamil Nadu carrying eatables in a plastic bag near the private residence of members of the royal family during their visit.

Authorities at the Palace, who reached the spot on information, rescued the woman and offered First-Aid.

Many visitors have urged the Palace authorities to take steps to curb the monkey menace in and around the regal structure which is visited by lakhs of tourists through out the year.


Caption: Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Bangalore, is seen lighting the lamp to inaugurate the First Annual JSS Cardiovascular Symposium - 2014 at the new auditorium in JSS Hospital premises on M.G. Road in city yesterday. Others seen are Dr. B. Suresh, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, Dr. Arun Srinivas, HoD of Cardiology, JSS Hospital and Dr. Shyam Prasad Shetty, Head of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, JSS Hospital.Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Bangalore, is seen lighting the lamp to inaugurate the First Annual JSS Cardiovascular Symposium - 2014 at the new auditorium in JSS Hospital premises on M.G. Road in city yesterday. Others seen are Dr. B. Suresh, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, Dr. Arun Srinivas, HoD of Cardiology, JSS Hospital and Dr. Shyam Prasad Shetty, H

ead of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, JSS Hospital.

Mysore, July 28- “Proper and effective connectivity between patients suffering from cardiac arrests and hospitals having angioplasty facility will play a major role in reducing fatalities as even a 30 minute delay can cause deaths of 10 per cent of such patients,” opined Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Bangalore.

He was speaking after inaugurating the First Annual JSS Cardiovascular Symposium organised by JSS University, JSS Hospital and Medical College at the new auditorium in JSS Hospital premises on M.G. Road in city yesterday.

Continuing, Dr. Manjunath, who said that 50 per cent of deaths reported in 2014 were of non-cardiovascular ailments, added that 25 per cent of deaths were caused by cardiovascular diseases.

He urged the doctors to strengthen their services and utilise the advanced technology achieved in the field of medicine to save people suffering from heart-related ailments.

He also said that APL card holders and urbanites would be brought under various health schemes which had now been limited to BPL card-holders and the rural poor.

Dr. Manjunath also regretted that stress and coronary ailments had resulted in the reduction of life span of doctors by almost 10 years as they continuously indulge in treatment, mainly due to public demand to fulfil their responsibilities.

Stating that no doctor wishes to allow his patient to die, Dr. Manjunath said that people, who indulge in violence at the death of their relatives in the hospitals, should realise that in many cases patients are brought to the hospital in a critical and highly sensitive conditions.

Dr. Nagaraj Desai, Professor and Head, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences, JSS Hospital, Dr. B. Suresh, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, Dr. Arun Srinivas, HoD of Cardiology, JSS College & Hospital, Dr. R.K. Chaturvedi, Director, JSS Hospital and others were present.

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji graced the occasion.


Bone and Joint Week

Mysore, July 28- Joint pain and arthritis are one of the most common problems being faced by people of all ages. If not treated early, it can lead to serious restriction on movement and thereby reduce the quality of life.

To enable people with this ailment an opportunity to get appropriate help, Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysore, is organising a Joint Care Clinic on the occasion of Bone and Joint Week at the hospital. The clinic will be held from July 29 to Aug. 5 between 9.30 am and 6 pm at the hospital premises.

Those suffering from knee pain, hip pain, restricted knee movements, stiffness in joints, pain & swelling in knees, difficulty in walking and squatting, can benefit from the camp.

The clinic offers free consultation with the Joint Replacement surgeon and the physiotherapist along with a 50% discount on x-rays for both the knees and hip. Patients can also avail Unilateral Total Knee Replacement at Rs. 1.50 lakh.

Some patients believe that undergoing a joint replacement at say 55 is a bit too early and that they should wait out for some years. The truth is-such apprehensions and myths prevent people from seeking the treatment that would improve their life and bring back a semblance of normalcy. In fact contrary to the myth, the treatment and procedure has become so advanced that patients’ recover faster and have a shorter hospital stays.

Those interested in attending the camp can contact Ph: 3989896, according to a press release from the Hospital.


Don’t gallop me up the Hill,

Don’t drop me down the Hill, Don’t spare me on the Plain Ground,

Don’t drop me of the feed, Don’t deprive me of the warm bed

Don’t neglect me when I am sick and old, Don’t forget me when I am dead..

This is the prayer of the horse to its master when it stays with him and acting according to his commands. The horse hopes that his master will look after him even in its old age and shall not be deserted. But, the same was not true in case of ‘CJ-15’, the Champion Horse, which died in Mysore yesterday.

21-year-old ‘CJ-15’ which brought laurels to Mysore and the country by winning national and international medals and trophies died a sad death at Pinjrapole in Mysore.

One of the greatest showing jumping Indian Horse, which served in the Mounted Police in Mysore, was left to die unattended. The Mounted Police which is also responsible to look after the horses after they retire did not do much to look after ‘CJ-15’. It died just two days after being sent to Pinjrapole.

‘CJ-15’ was brought from Clive Stud Farm in Bangalore in the 1993 to Mounted Police and it was trained by former Mounted Police Commandant Maribashetty. It was the 15th horse in the fold and was not considered to be an ideal horse for equestrian sport by the stud owner. But, the horse was brought to Mysore and was professionally trained and it yielded good results by winning numerous medal and trophies both at the national and international level. v‘CJ-15’ retired recently as it had grown old. But, it still had eight good years to live as it was healthy. The sudden death of ‘CJ-15’ has come as a shocker for animal lovers, who have been great fans of the horse which was a show stopper during the Torch Light Parade at the Bannimantap Ground held on the last day of the Dasara festivities. vSpeaking to Star of Mysore, Srinivas, a horse rider, expressed the ‘CJ-15’ was a champion horse which had great fan following in the national level. v“The horse was healthy and fit when I last saw in the Mounted Police premises when I visited to see the newly brought horses. The officials informed me the horse would retire soon as it was old. But, none of them informed they would send the horse to Pinjrapole. The sudden death of CJ-15 has come as a shocker. We never knew that it would be sent to Pinjrapole. The Mounted Police have sufficient space to look after the old horses. If the department had made an announcement at least the horse could have been adopted. The horse deserved a decent death since it was a champion. The last rites of the horse should have been performed with state honours”, said Srinivas.

Listed among the Grade I horse by the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI), CJ-15 was a great fighter when it came to competitions. Both S.G. Maribashetty and his son Arun Maribashetty have won medals and trophies with CJ-15.

Speaking to Star of Mysore, S.G. Maribashetty, former Commandant, Mounted Police, expressed his condolences to the death of CJ-15 and remembered the days he spent with horse while in service.

“CJ-15 never came back without winning a medal in the competitions it participated. Such was the calibre and efficiency of the horse”, he added.

The saddest part is that ‘CJ-15’ did not get the treatment it deserved. When horses and dogs, which retire after serving the Police Department in western countries are taken care by their trainers or handlers till their death, why that provision is not in India?

The Mounted Police need to come out with an answer as to why ‘CJ-15’ was sent to Pinjrapole when it had the facilities to look after it. Did the Commandant of Mounted Police check for the facilities available at the Pinjrapole before deciding to admit the horse?

With the death of ‘CJ-15’, Mysore City has lost a Champion Horse, which died a inhumane death, all thanks to the Mounted Police. — VNS


Mysore, July 28 - The Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens popularly known as the Mysore Zoo added another feather to its cap on July 25 with a birth of a Green Anaconda baby.

As a precautionary measure, since anacondas are known to consume their young ones in the wild, the Zoo authorities have separated the newborn from its mother.

Unlike other snakes, which lay eggs, anacondas employ a method where the mother keeps the eggs inside her body and incubate them before they hatch inside and the live ones come out of the pouch of the mother snake.

Out of the eight eggs, only one baby survived as remaining seven eggs were found infertile.

Zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi in a press release has said that it was too early to share any other information as they were eagerly waiting for the first moulting of the baby snake after which the baby starts to feed and it was too early to share any other information regarding its survival.

The enclosure is kept out of bounds for public viewing.

It may be recalled that five anacondas were brought from the Colombo Zoo in Sri Lanka in November 2011 and two of them died later in the city zoo. The snakes, which measured three to four feet, have now grown to about eight feet in length.

The Zoo is simulating the hot and humid climate of the Amazon rainforests for the benefit of the snakes.

City's snake rescuer and wildlife conservationist Snake Shaym speaking to SOM expressed happiness and said that green anacondas gives birth to 10 to 15 young ones depending on the size of the mother and the temperature of the environment which plays an important role in the breeding.

He further said that it is really an achievement of Mysore Zoo with the birth of a baby.

The baby anaconda is now kept in a separate special cage and the temparature inside the cage is being controlled as the city's weather condition is fluctuating due to monsoon.


Mysore, July 28 - Former Mysore-Kodagu MP A.H. Vishwanath has denounced the BJP-led NDA government’s move to scrap the JNNURM projects meant for the city.

Addressing a press meet at Pathrakathara Bhavan here this morning, Vishwanath said that JNNURM was one of the ambitious schemes of the previous UPA government, which was aimed at comprehensive development of Mysore. It included better traffic management and improvement in civic amenities such as drinking water, underground drainage system etc. But the scrapping of the project is nothing but injustice meted out to the people of Mysore, he said and urged the Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu to bring back the JNNURM project to city.

Maintaining that the previous UPA Government had released Rs.100 crores for improving traffic management, he alleged that R. Ashok, who was the Transport Minister when the BJP government was in power in the State, had misused the money.

Megalapura Water Project: Vishwanath also alleged that the present NDA government’s move to scrap the Megalapura 3rd Stage Drinking Water Project, for which the UPA government had released Rs.40 crores, was yet another blow to the people of the city.

Mandakalli airport: Pointing out that the UPA government had released funds for the development of Mandakalli airport, he alleged that the previous BJP government in the State had done little for the development and maintenance of the airport.

Dasara: Refering to the ensuing Dasara, Vishwanath expressed unhappiness about the slow pace of works.

He called upon Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and District Incharge Minister V.Sreenivasa Prasad to give more importance for speeding up Dasara works and thus ensure that Dasara is celebrated with great splendour.

Flyovers: Claiming that the NDA government had scrapped the JNNURM project of constructing four Flyovers (Grade Separators) on the Outer Ring Road — at Columbia Asia Hospital junction on Mysore-Bangalore road; Hotel Royal Inn junction on KRS Road; Bandipalya APMC junction on Nanjangud road and at the Hinkal Ring Road junction — besides construction of two Railway overbridges at two points for which the UPA Government had released Rs. 89 crores, the former MP questioned the motive behind the scrapping of the plan.

ACICM Convenor M. Lakshman and Congress leader H.A. Venkatesh were present.

Grade Separators: MUDA Comr. clarifies: Mysore, July 28-MUDA Commissioner and In-Charge Deputy Commissioner S. Palaiah has clarified that the Grade Separator project on the Outer Ring Road sanctioned under the Central government’s JNNURM project has not been scrapped.

Speaking to Star of Mysore, Palaiah said that the government has sanctioned Rs. 59.40 crore for the construction of Grade Separators at four points and added that the MUDA has taken up this project.

“However, the plan to construct two Railway over-bridges on the Ring Road has been postponed for technical reasons,” he said and reiterated that the project has not been scrapped.

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