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TOIBELGAUM: The sky above Belgaum was a riot of colour, as kites of different shapes and sizes rose up. Kite enthusiasts from around the world flocked to the international kite festival at Angadi College Ground, Savagaon Road.
The first day saw national and international experts participating in the festival. Forty renowned kite flyers from 14 countries, including Thailand, Singapore, France, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia, Lebanon, Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong, China and Australia are in Belgaum for the four-day event.
Among the participants are Belgaum's High Flyers team, and flyers from Mangalore, Mysore and Doddaballapur. Teams from other states are also taking part, and were seen in action on the first day.
The princess of the Bali Royal family, RA Helmi Ginanti from Indonesia, caught the attention of the people and shutterbugs with her attractive kite and equally attractive traditional dress of Indonesia. Helmi Ginanti displayed her skills by flying colourful kites, as did Graham Lockwood and Derek Kuhn. Helmi has different kites which suit different wind conditions, like a light wind, heavy wind and medium or moderate wind; based on this, she chooses her kite.
"This is the second time I am in Belgaum, the place and people here are good, and it's interesting to see so many people flying kites here," she said. The princess has three hotels in Bali, Indonesia, and is a hobby kite flyer. She attends various kite festivals across the globe.
Edoardo Borghetti from Italy also attracted the people with his attractive giant 'Bol' or turbine kite, which got many people excited; the huge innovative kite resembles a parachute.
The festival has stalls displaying kites of different shapes and sizes. There are nearly 200 stalls, including food and exhibition kiosks. Of these, nearly 25 stalls are displaying Goan handicrafts.
The festival was inaugurated by MP Suresh Angadi and deputy commissioner Anbu Kumar on Saturday, attracting hundreds of people.
The Dancing Puppets
In the afternoon when the wind was low and the kites came down, giant puppets from France mesmerized the crowds.
The six-member team from France, Luc Pierre Bertron, Jessica Colognac, Lilian Guyomarch, Julia Malabave, JS Morin and Pierre Vacher came up with a stunning puppet show. When the two women, Jessica Colognac and Julia Malabave donned the giant costumes, weighing 25kg, and roamed across the ground, the crowd was excited. The girls showed a lot of energy as they bounced around.
The bigger surprise came when the popular 'Gangnam Style' echoed across the grounds, and the huge puppets broke into a freewheeling dance. The crowd joined and danced with the puppets, as children and elders cheered them on. "We feel great when people feel happy and laugh, this is the only reason we've come out with such puppets," said Lilian Guyomarch.
Ganesh who had come to watch the show said. "Due to a low wind, many kites were not flying, so we were just sitting around, when suddenly, a girl came out and began dancing. It needs a lot of energy."
MLA Abhay Patil, the man behind the event, was thrilled with the added entertainment.
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http://www.zawya.com/story/Countdow...mni_Association_at_Dubai-ZAWYA20130123075452/Dubai, 22nd January, 2013: The stage is all set for 8th Global Convention of National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) Alumni Association which scheduled held at Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.405 delegates inclusive of family members of alumni from various parts of India, Middle east, USA and Australia have confirmed their participation for the first Global Convention of NITK Alumni being held outside India.
Initially NITK Global Conventions were held at NITK Campus Srinivasanagar Surathkal once in every 3 years .The 6th Global convention was held at Belgaum and 7th NITK Global convention was held at Bangalore on 30 December 2011.
NITK Alumni Associations of India are at Bangalore, Surathkal, Belgaum, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi .The overseas NITK Alumni Associations are located at USA and Middle East. UAE Chapter of NITK Alumni Association which has more than 150 registered alumni members and newly formed NITK Alumni Association at Qatar is having around 40 registered members.
The HinduA comparison between the just-released educational survey by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the most recent Annual Analytical Report by the State Education Department shows that there has been more than a fourfold increase in the number of private unaided primary schools in the State in four years.
According to the All India Education Survey (AISES) conducted by NCERT, which indicates trends from 2002 to 2009, there were 2,532 private unaided primary schools. The Analytical Report for 2011-12, released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently, shows that there are now 10,960 private unaided primary schools.
Interestingly, it was Belgaum which had the maximum number of unaided primary schools according to NCERT’s data at 259. The DPI’s report shows that the district now has a marginally higher number at 280.
TOIBELGAUM: Belgaum traffic police have fined an autorickshaw driver for collecting excess fare from a passenger.
This was based on a complainant posted by a person on the Facebook of the traffic police Belgaum. The complainant had given the registration number of the auto (KA -22-9949) and said the driver charged excess fare on January 21 for travelling from Ramdev to KLE hospital which is just a kilometre. The auto driver demanded Rs 40. The traffic police, after going through the Facebook grievances, immediately verified the complaint and the auto driver concerned was questioned. The driver admitted that he took extra fare. He was fined Rs 800 for demanding excess fare. If any passengers find auto drivers harassing them, they can send their grievances to www.facebook./trafficpolicebelgaum. After verifying the case, the police will take action against those found guilty.
"Everyday, we receive many grievances. Among them, 2 to 3 are cases and the rest are suggestions," said superintendent of police Sandeep Patil.
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