12, Feb 2024
Manipal, Karnataka; 12th February 2024: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in association Udupi District Amateur Athletic Association along with ICICI Bank hosted the 6th edition of the Manipal Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Hospice Palliative Care. More than 15,000 sports enthusiasts participated in the world-class marathon.
The marathon event comprised of races in several categories, including 42k, 21k, 10k, 5k. The first race, the 42k marathon, was flagged off at 5 am by Mr. Atul Jain, Karnataka State head of ICICI Bank, in the presence of several esteemed figures, including Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of MAHE, Lt. Gen. Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE, Dr. Kemparaju, President of Udupi District Amateur Athletic Association. 21k race & 10k race was inaugurated by Shri Krishan Sharma, Chief General Manager SBI Bangalore Circle along with Lt. Gen. Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, vice chancellor MAHE .
Addressing the athletes, Dr H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of MAHE said, “I am thrilled to see a significant number of people participating in this marathon. There are more than 15,000 participants in the 42-kilometer full marathon. We are thrilled to witness the enthusiastic participation in this marathon which will motivate people to lead healthier, more active lifestyle for overall well-being. MAHE looks forward to continuing its mission of promoting health, wellness, and social responsibility through such impactful initiatives in the future. “
Lt General Dr MD Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE, said, “The Manipal Marathon stands out as a distinctive event with a strong emphasis on supporting social causes. In alignment with this ethos, this year’s theme revolves around raising awareness on Hospice Palliative Care, encapsulated by the motto, ‘We are with you all the way, which fosters an active lifestyle among individuals. I am immensely grateful to all our sponsors for their generous contributions towards making this noble endeavour a huge success The event brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds, united in their pursuit of a common goal: supporting Hospice Palliative Care and advocating for a healthier society.”.
The Manipal Marathon organized a 3K race exclusively for individuals with disabilities.
Mr Gopalkrishna Samaga, Deputy General Manager and Mr B Rajagopal Regional Head, Karnataka Bank flagged of the 5k race. Mr Ravinder Rai, Deputy Managing Director, Bank of Baroda Credit Card (BFSL) , Mumbai flagged off the 3k race. Mr Rajeev VC, Vice President & Regional Head, Federal Bank was present to witness the marathon.
Additional activities including dance and Zumba sessions were organized for the athletes. A grand carnival was held at KMC Greens. The prize distributions were made to the winners across various categories, as listed below.
In the 42K Male category marathon race , M Nanjundappa won the first race with a timing of 02:47:18, followed by Sachin Poojary, who secured the second position with a timing of 02:52:24 and – Chetram Kumar finished third with a timing of 02:52:46. The participants competed in the (NM,M, 30-45) and 42K (NM, M, 18-30) category.
42K female category marathon race the winners were: 1st place – Chaitra Devadiga | 42K (NM, F, 18-30) | 03:26:29, and 2nd place – Jasmitha Kodenkiri | 42K (NM, F, 18-30) | 04:46:10.
21 k Male category the winner were 1st Vaibhav patil|21K(NM,M, 18-30)| 01:13:44 and 2nd-Raghuvaran c|21K(NM,M, 18-30)| 01:13:57
21 K females category marathon race the winner were 1st -Archana KM|21K(NM,F, 18-30)| 01:32:46, 2nd-Nandini G|21K(NM,F, 18-30)| 01:37:28 and 3rd-Spandana|21K(NM,F, 18-30)| 01:44:24
In the 10K male category marathon race, Manikanta P emerged as the winner with a time of 34 minutes and 33 seconds. Shree secured the second position, completing the race in 34 minutes and 50 seconds.
10k female category marathon race, Roopashree N S won 1st place with a timing of 44:20, while Rekha Basappa Piroji secured 2nd place with a timing of 45:21.
The results of the 5k male category marathon race are as follows: Nagaraj Divate finished first with a time of 17:40, followed by Rahul in second place with a time of 18:49, and Vilas Puranik in third place with a time of 18:51.
In the 5k marathon race for females category, the results are as follows: Usha R secured the first position with a timing of 17 minutes and 40 seconds, Pranamya came second with a timing of 23 minutes and 28 seconds, and Manya K M secured the third position with the same timing as Pranamya, that is, 23 minutes and 28 seconds.
Dr. Sharath K Rao, Pro Vice-chancellor of Health science, MAHE; Dr. N N Sharma, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Planning) , MAHE, Dr Narayan Sabhahit, Pro vice-chancellor (Technology & Science) , MAHE, Dr Dilip G Naik, Pro Vice-Chancellor, MAHE, CG Muthanna, Chief Operating Officer, MAHE, Dr Giridhar Kini, Registrar, MAHE, Dr. Naveen Salins, Associate Dean of Kasturba Medical College and Head of the Palliative and Hospice Care Centre at KH Manipal , Mr. Kemparaj, President of Udupi District Amateur Athletics Association, Mr. Yashpal Anand Suvarna, MLA, Udupi District, Dr K VidyaKumari, IAS, Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate and others distributed the prizes along with other dignitaries.
Dr. Vinod Nayak, Secretary of Sports Council, MAHE delivered the vote of thanks. Ms Komal D’souza, PhD Scholar compered the programme.
31, Jan 2024
Karnataka, January 31, 2024: Under its Corporate Social Responsibility commitment, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (“KMBL”/“Bank”) has extended support to Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Karnataka, by providing a fully equipped Cardiac Ambulance for critical healthcare emergencies. The Cardiac Ambulance was inaugurated by Dr. Sharanaparakash Rudrappa Patil, Hon Minister of Medical Education and Skill Development, Karnataka; along with Dr. Umesh S R, Director & Dean, GIMS and R Vardharajan, Business Head – Government Business, Kotak Mahindra Bank.
Through this CSR association with GIMS, Kotak aims to strengthen access to healthcare for local communities. The fully equipped Cardiac Ambulance will provide initial emergency treatments such as cardiac and respiratory ailments. On average, it is anticipated to support close to 500 patients each month, contributing significantly to the healthcare needs of the community in Gulbarga.
R Vardharajan, Business Head – Government Business, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, said, “We are committed to support the healthcare needs of local communities. Through our CSR association with Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences, we will provide critical support to patients with cardiac and respiratory ailments and contribute to the need for superior healthcare services in the state.”
Dr. Umesh S R, Director & Dean, GIMS said, “We are delighted to witness yet another feat which resembles the commitment of Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences and is in line with the service-oriented tradition of the hospital. This latest addition of Cardiac Ambulance to serve the underserved will prove to be a blessing for cardiac patients. We thank Kotak Mahindra Bank to have supported us in fulfilling our mission to serve the poor and enhance the quality of treatment.”
Kotak Karma is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) identity of the Kotak Mahindra Group of companies
31, Jan 2024
Blu Attic, is all set to grace Dishkeyaun with a captivating performance. Blu Attic is known for crafting harmonically rich music, with a special emphasis on diverse house music genres, including Deep, Melodic, Soulful, and Organic House.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, 3rd February, as Blu Attic takes the stage at Dishkeyaun, starting at 9 PM. It promises to be a night filled with mesmerising beats and unforgettable vibes. Don’t miss out on this musical journey!
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When: 3rd February, Saturday
Time: 9 PM onwards
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11, Jan 2024
Bengaluru, 11 Jan 2023: Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospitals, a pioneering institution in eye care, collaborates with Karnataka Ophthalmology Society (KOS) and Bangalore Ophthalmology Society (BOS) to conduct one of the well-known international conferences in Ophthalmology. Phaco Festival 2024 is a prominent biennial event that stands at the forefront of ophthalmic education, upskilling, and innovation. The three-day event on the theme of “Ophthalmic Digitalization & Workflow Efficiency” is scheduled to take place from January 12th to 14th, 2024, in Bengaluru. The conference will be inaugurated by Mr. BV Jagadeesh, a respected tech genius, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has founded and funded many enterprise startups.
The conference will provide a premium ophthalmic upskilling experience to the attendees, featuring 3D Live Surgeries, Masterclasses with a line-up of renowned national and international faculty, those who are pioneers in their respective fields, skill transfer courses and Ophthalmic games. The event Phaco Festival, well known for launching new technologies and advancements in the world of eye care, will witness the launch of cutting-edge Lasers and IOL technologies such as EVO Viva – Presbyopic ICL by Staar, Femtis M Plus – Super Premium Laser Lens by Teleon, iStent W – 1st Live SX by Glaukos for the first time in India and Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery by CAPSULaser which is the first time in South India, providing a glimpse into the future of eye care technologies.
Dr. Sri Ganesh, Founder and CMD, Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, and the Organizing Chairman of the Phaco Festival, said, “We are glad to announce the 9th edition of Phaco Festival. The Phaco Festival has been a cornerstone in our commitment to advancing ophthalmic awareness and innovations. The Conference focused on upskilling and development training, deliberation on the topic of Ophthalmic Digitalization & and Workflow Efficiency will make it a unique platform for surgeons to explore the latest innovations and refine their skills. I am sure that the budding Ophthalmologists would be able to explore innovative insights on Ophthalmic Digitalization, witness the precision of 3D Live Surgeries, and engage with distinguished International & National Faculty, during the event.”
The festival aims to facilitate skill enhancement through Wetlabs and Masterclasses, ensuring doctors are equipped with the latest techniques and technologies. The international faculty, comprising experts from the UK, Singapore, Taiwan, and Argentina, will contribute to the global exchange of knowledge as well as enhance and foster collaboration in the ophthalmology landscape.
Dr. Supriya Sri Ganesh, Executive Director, Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, said, ” Phaco Festival brings together the best minds from around the world to share insights, learn from each other’s expertise, and collectively contribute to the advancement of the eye care ecosystem. At Nethradhama, our emphasis lies on patient-centricity and care. Keeping in mind our motto, our focus for this edition of the conference is on digitization and workflow efficiency in surgical practice to stay at the forefront of technological advancements that enhance patient satisfaction.”
The festival will feature
Day 1: Wetlabs, Drylabs and skill transfer courses,
Day 2: Masterclasses, Award Ceremony, DR KR MURTHY ORATION AWARD, Inauguration by BV Jagadeesh followed by an Alumni Meet and Gala Dinner, creating an environment conducive to networking and camaraderie among ophthalmic professionals.
Day 3: 3D Live Surgeries, Gold Medal Lecture
9, Jan 2024
Bengaluru – [9th January, 2024] – Narayana Health Insurance Limited (Narayana Health), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited (Narayana Health), today announced that it has received a license to operate as a standalone health insurance company from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).
“We are delighted to receive the license to operate as a standalone health insurance company,” said Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder and Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya and Chairman of Narayana Health Insurance. “This is a major milestone for our company and will allow us to achieve our mission of making healthcare accessible to all. We are grateful for the support of IRDAI Chairman, Shri Debasish Panda, and the entire IRDAI team for their guidance. This is the fastest approval for a health insurance license in recent times and shows that the Regulator and Government are serious in their commitment to increase insurance penetration across the country. We are motivated by the vision of Insurance for All by 2047 and believe that our company can play a significant role in achieving this goal.”
Narayana Health Insurance will focus on simplifying health insurance by creating comprehensive policies that are easy to understand. The company will leverage the investments made by Narayana Health in technology and AI over the years to create personalized care plans for its members and manage risks better.
“This is an important step in the evolution of Narayana Health from a Hospital operator to an integrated care provider,” said Viren Shetty, Vice Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited and Director of Narayana Health Insurance Limited. “Our goal is to provide a seamless and integrated healthcare experience for our subscribers, and this license will allow us to offer a comprehensive suite of health insurance products and services. We believe that this will help us fulfil our purpose of keeping people healthy and providing affordable health care to underserved sections of society.”
The company is expected to commence business in a few months, with an initial focus on Karnataka market.
11, Nov 2023
Mumbai, 11 November: The Karnataka government today deliberated on the conceptualization of the development of Knowledge, Healthcare, Innovation and Research (KHIR) City on the outskirts of Bengaluru. The government aims to attract Rs 40,000 crore investment in the areas of healthcare, innovation, and knowledge sectors besides creating 80,000 jobs in the proposed KHIR City.
The new investment region will be spread over 2,000 acres within 60 km from Bengaluru and developed in a phased manner.
Addressing the Ideation Session for setting up KHIR City, Shri M B Patil, honourable minister for large and medium industries and infrastructure development said, “We are embarking on a transformative journey to build a city that goes beyond conventional boundaries — a Knowledge, Healthcare, Innovation & Research City (KHIR City).”
He further said, “Today, we have a diverse and influential group gathered here — from the Government, Medical Institutes, Private Companies, Research Centers, and Academia, to the Strategic Investment Committee of Karnataka. It’s a convergence of minds that holds tremendous potential and I believe, collectively, we possess the potential to create not just a city but a hub of excellence.”
Apart from ensuring job creation and attracting investments from leading global and Indian hospitals and research centres, universities and private companies, the initiative has the potential to contribute towards the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to increased economic activity. “Besides attracting investments, it is aimed at contributing at least Rs 1 lakh crore to the state GDP,” Shri Patil said.
The captains of the Indian industry drawn from healthcare, medical education, real estate, financial services, and insurance sectors attended the ideation session and shared their suggestions.
The industry representatives such as Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Dr C N Manjunath, Smt Gitanjali Kirloskar, Shri Prashant Prakash, Shri Nitin Kamath, Dr Deepak Venugopalan, Dr Sharan Prakash Patil, and Dr L S Shashidhar among others participated in the session.
The proposed KHIR City is being developed to attract investments from leading global and national hospitals, research institutions, universities, private companies, etc. This will help in strengthening Bengaluru’s position as a hub of medical tourism, providing employment to local people, and also help in attracting skill sets from across the globe.
“Bengaluru has the largest skilled talent pool in India and is best suited for development of KHIR City. Karnataka has a strong innovation ecosystem with many global companies’ R&D units set up here. Leading healthcare players are already present in the state. About 60% of India’s biotech companies are in Karnataka,” said Shri Patil.
With Karnataka being home to 60 per cent of India’s biotech companies and over 350 medical devices and supplies manufacturers across categories, the development of KHIR near Bengaluru, the fastest-growing innovation cluster globally, augurs as an ideal location.
KHIR City is poised to redefine the city’s global position by fostering the growth of cutting-edge knowledge institutions, healthcare facilities, innovation hubs, and research centres.
Karnataka is already among the top five states in India in terms of economic value and contributes about 8.7 percent to the National GDP. Such initiatives further strengthen the state’s position in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Priyank Kharge, honourable minister for IT/BT, and S&T said KHIR City will be the first such centre of knowledge which will have innovators from healthcare, knowledge and global research centres coming together in one place. “Bengaluru will transform from being a call centre of the world to a global centre of research and innovation,” he said.
The government is planning to come out with a separate policy to promote the medical tourism in the state, said Shri Kharge. The state is home to 350 medical device and suppliers across categories and multiple institutes of excellence are present providing collaboration opportunity, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Kris Gopalkrishnan, Co-founder of Infosys and Chairman of Axilor Ventures said, “The implementation speed is important for the development of KHIR City. We need to first develop a metro station before the KHIR City takes shape. Also, we want to generate IPs owned by India or Karnataka so that jobs and wealth is created here. We need to have an institute which trains scientists and researchers on how to move from lab to market.”
The establishment of KHIR City has a strong global reference point with the Government of Karnataka aiming to bring this research city in line with Singapore’s Biopolis Cluster or Japan’s Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.
For this, the Government of Karnataka is agile in terms of participation of private companies offering them formats via land lease model, special-project-vehicle, and fully private models.
The collaboration effort for KHIR City would involve a comprehensive plan and a clear objective from the interested entity along with timelines. The establishment of subgroups for strategic approach is also part of the collaboration along with commercial viability to ensure balanced private and government participation.
“We can also think of miniaturising this model in revenue division and whole objective is to promote job, talent, and knowledge in regions like Mysuru etc. There is a need to build neurology institute and genetics here as it is expensive to send it to other states and countries,” said Dr C N Manjunath, Director of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiac Sciences.
The industry representatives also suggested that the government to look at improving the skills of workers in the state that will be required for the setting up of a knowledge city. They also suggested focusing on life sciences and looking at holding a roadshow to attract capital into this sector.
“We should focus on IP-based research in this City. Transitioning Karnataka from a services economy to a higher-value IP-based economy is very important. We need to incentivize job creation. We should focus on giving incentives to people who create IP and this will differentiate Karnataka from other states in the country,” said Prashanth Prakash, Partner at Accel Partners.
“It is very important that hospital groups are partners in this city. Today largest investment is in healthcare startups but they do not understand how hospitals work. Once this city supports them, then the product that comes out in the market will bring startups and end user together,” said Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder and Chairman of Narayana Health.
“There is the shortage of 50-70 million healthcare workers in the country. A Paramedical university is an urgent need. We want to set that up in the country because it is the nurses and other staff that takes care of the patient and not the doctors,” Dr Shetty added.
Dr S Selvakumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Department of Commerce and Industries, Smt Ekroop Caur, Secretary, ITBT and S&T, Smt Gunjan Krishna, Commissioner, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka, and other officials of the government were present on the occasion.
31, Oct 2023
The Fern Hotels & Resorts, India’s leading environmentally sensitive hotel chain, is thrilled to announce the signing of its new property, Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka. The company at present operates 5 hotels in Karnataka. This latest addition strengthens the brand’s presence in the region, further underlining its commitment to providing world-class experiences for its guests.
Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa, located strategically in the tranquil environs of Chikmagalur is just 4.30 to 5 hours away from Bengaluru and a mere 2 hours from Shivamogga. With the newly opened Shivamogga airport, the accessibility to this serene location has dramatically increased, attracting visitors from all corners of India. The resort is designed with 70 tastefully decorated rooms, each one equipped with modern comforts and amenities to ensure a pleasant stay for the guests.
Chikmagalur often referred to as the “Coffee Land of Karnataka,” is a paradise for nature lovers. With its verdant greenery, rolling hills, and sprawling coffee plantations, it’s a refreshing escape from city life. Visitors can enjoy picturesque trekking trails, stunning waterfalls, and immersive coffee plantation tours, all while soaking up the region’s rich coffee heritage.
“We are truly excited about this new venture in Chikmagalur,” said Suhail Kannampilly, Managing Director, The Fern Hotels & Resorts. “Chikmagalur holds significant potential in terms of tourism and business. This signing aligns perfectly with our vision of extending our footprint in key domestic markets. We look forward to welcoming guests to Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa and providing them an experience filled with the warmth of our hospitality.”
The signing of Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa is another milestone for The Fern Hotels & Resorts, underscoring their commitment to excellence and growth. With its upscale amenities, commitment to environmental conservation, and picturesque location, the resort is set to become a preferred destination for leisure travelers, conferences, and weddings in the region.
“We are immensely proud to be associated with The Fern Hotels & Resorts, a brand that shares our vision of sustainable and hospitable travel experiences,” says Pawan MR, Partner, Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa. “Our goal is to create a sanctuary where guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Chikmanglur while enjoying the comforts of our thoughtfully designed resort. We envision our resort as a destination where every stay is marked by warm hospitality, environmental responsibility, and unforgettable experiences. We look forward to welcoming guests to Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa and are committed to making their stay a landmark in their journey of memorable travels.”
With the recent addition, The Fern Hotels & Resorts will expand their presence in the Karnataka region, encompassing a total of 7 hotels and resorts, offering over 500 keys. These Fern branded properties in the region include The Fern Belagavi, with 90 keys; Harsha The Fern Shivamogga, offering 88 keys; The Fern Residency Yeshwanthpur Bengaluru with 63 keys; The Fern Residency Vijayapura, boasting 67 keys; The Fern Residency Hubbali, providing 52 keys; and The Fern Residency Seshadripuram, Bengaluru, an upcoming addition to the portfolio, which will have 78 keys.
16, Oct 2023
October 16, 2023, Ashok Circle Koppal, Karnataka: HDFC Bank has introduced a state-of-the-art ‘Bank on Wheels’ van in Ashok Circle, Koppal District of Karnataka. With this initiative, HDFC Bank is taking banking to people’s doorstep in semi-urban & rural geographies to provide access to banking in Karnataka. Earlier bank had introduced the ‘Bank on Wheels’ van in B C Road Bantwal.
Karnataka becomes the eighth state after Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka & West Bengal where HDFC Bank has launched its ‘Bank on Wheels’ initiative.
With this initiative, HDFC Bank has taken banking to people’s doorstep in semi-urban & rural geographies to provide access to banking products and services in all districts of Ashok Circle Koppal.
The ‘Bank on Wheels’ van was flagged off by Shri. Abhinava Gavisiddeshwara Mahaswamiji Gavimath, Shri. K Raghavendra, Hitnal Member of Legislative Assembly, Shri. Nalini Atul I.A.S Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate, Shri. Captain Mahesh Malagitti Assistant Commissioner, Shri. Sanjay Kotbal Charted Accountant, Mr. Imran Patcha Circle Head – Retail Branch Banking – South 2, Mr. Hanamanthsa M S – Cluster Head, Retail Branch Banking, and other senior officials of HDFC Bank.
Commenting on the introduction of the ‘Bank of Wheels’ van in Karnataka, Mr. Anil Bhavnani, Sr. Executive Vice President, and Head of Rural Banking, RBB, HDFC Bank said: “We are pleased to take banking to people’s doorstep with the launch of Bank on Wheels Van. There is an enormous opportunity to serve people living in semi-urban and rural areas and this initiative will improve access to banking in under-banked geographies and key congregation points in all districts of Karnataka”.
The van will offer a number of banking services, including Cash Deposit Machine and ATM services, and an exclusive range of products designed specifically for rural banking customers. Going forward, we plan to launch this initiative in several other states.”
The following products and services will be available on the ‘Bank on Wheels’ van:
|Fixed Deposit Account
|Aadhar Linking with Bank Account
|Kisan Gold Card
|Digital Banking With UPI
|Social security scheme by GOI
|Dukandaar Express Overdraft