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Martial arts expert Siddhu Sharnappa Kshetri is set on breaking a world record in longest marathon punches,but it is not glory he is seeking.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: April 8, 2013 1:04 am

Anything for a friend

Martial arts expert Siddhu Sharnappa Kshetri is set on breaking a world record in longest marathon punches,but it is not glory he is seeking. Kshetri is attempting the feat to raise funds for his college friend Mayur Bargaje,who is suffering from cancer. Bargaje,a 26-year-old Pune-based software engineer,was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2010. He underwent treatment and after recovery resumed his normal life. Unfortunately,the disease relapsed and needed to be treated again. To help his friend,Kshetri,who has been practicing martial arts for 15 years and is also preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics,has decided to break a world record earlier created by Ronald Sarchian,a professional stuntman from Hollywood. Kshetri intends to break the record over 50 hours continuously for two days and nights at Sambhaji Garden,JM Road,from April 12. He will be the first Indian to attempt and challenge this record.

Testing times

Kothrud resident Chhaya Sudhakar Panchal was recently awarded the Swayamsiddha Award by Lions Club,Pune for her contribution to the education sector. Panchal,who has been teaching for over 12 years,has developed a series of competitive examinations for school children from the third standard through to the seventh standard. The examination,titled Genius Talent Search (GTS) is in the objective multi-choice format,and covers subjects such as mathematics,science,logic and general knowledge. The exam gives school children an introduction to the format of competitive exams that they will have to take later in their education,such as board exams or entrance exams. “The Maharashtra Talent Search (MTS) tests children only in the fourth and seventh standard. But I think every child should have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the format and get some practice and that they should be able to do it every year,and not just in two standards,” says Panchal. The GTS was launched this year in January,when around 2500 children from all over Maharashtra sat for the test.

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