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    July 14th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    The Abbey Falls.

    The Abbey Falls.

    As the vacations were about to end, we wanted to visit a cool place to beat the heat of Bengaluru. Though we had visited Madikeri individually, all of us wanted to visit it together as a family before the monsoon set in.

    How did we go?

    We started at 6.30 am by car on a Friday. We had breakfast on the way and made an impromptu visit to Brindavan Gardens. There were hardly any visitors during mid-morning. We resumed our journey after about an hour at the garden and reached Madikeri at about 2.30 pm.

    What did we do?

    We first visited Madikeri Fort. Beautiful elephant statues and a long walkway adjacent to the fort boundary wall were the highlights at the fort. Next, we visited Raja’s Seat, where a view of the nearby hills provided a beautiful backdrop! Bhagamandala, which was about 40 kilometre from our homestay, was next on our list. The Bhagandeshwara Temple and Triveni Sangama, where rivers Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti meet at one point, were the highlights here. The next point of our visit was Talakaveri, the birthplace of river Cauvery, which was eight kilometres away. We had an exhilarating experience of clouds passing through us as we approached Talakaveri. We climbed an adjacent hill from where the view of the surrounding hills looked splendid.

    We took a detour on our way back to Madikeri to visit Chelavara Falls but found the road closed for repair. We were surprised to come across an impressive Kalabhairava temple at Kakotuparambu on the way to Madikeri. An adjacent hillock covered with grass turned out to be another beautiful spot. Abbey Falls was about seven kilometre from our homestay. Though one cannot reach its water as the viewing area is fenced, it was a pleasure to behold its beauty. Next was Dubare Elephant Camp. We reached the camp around noon on that day but the time was not right for elephant-related activities. However, one thing that we really enjoyed there was the rubber boat ride in river Cauvery. We had lunch at a restaurant on the banks of the river and left for Bylakuppe, where we visited the Golden Temple of Tibetan settlement.

    On Monday, we packed our bags and returned to Bengaluru with many sweet memories of our trip.

    (The author can be contacted at vidyasagar.mundroy@gmail.com)

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / by Vidyasagar Mundroy / July 13th, 2017

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    The Cauvery river, considered the state's lifeline, has shrunk into a narrow strip today

    The Cauvery river, considered the state’s lifeline, has shrunk into a narrow strip today

    Bengaluru :

    The first drought reported in the recent history of Kodagu district, the birthplace of river Cauvery, seems to have woken up the state government, spiritual organizations and environmentalists.

    In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind initiative, they have joined hands to take up conservation and management to rejuvenate and restore the river, considered the state’s lifeline, to its former glory. The plan is to restore the flora and fauna of the river’s tributaries in Kodagu with native trees, shrubs and flowers, besides controlling erosion, curbing water-intensive crops like paddy and restricting sand mining in the waterbody.

    “In association with the Art of Living and Kodagu district administration, we have started a five-year programme for the restoration of the river which has shrunk into a narrow strip over the years due to poor monsoon and unrestricted sand mining activities,” said C G Kushalappa, dean of College of Social forestry, Ponnampet, Kodagu, which is attached to University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga.

    To start with, Kushalappa said they have chosen a 1km stretch on the banks of river Lakshmanatirtha, a major tributary of Cauvery in Kodagu, starting from Nittur village towards Srimangala in Virajpet taluk. Depending on the success of this pilot project, it will be gradually extended to other parts of Kodagu where the river flows.

    Kushalappa said conservation work would be taken up across 20 metres on both sides of Lakshmanatirtha for five years. “As part of the programme, we’ll visit farmers/planters and request them to give up paddy cultivation close to the river by offering them monetary incentives. They’ll also be encouraged to go for horticulture crops,” he added.

    To ensure a free-flowing river, an action plan has been charted out that includes curbing soil erosion and pollution, planting trees and shrubs of local varieties that existed close to the river since ages and curbing sand mining and fishing activities. “We have to treat different areas differently. While in some areas, rebuilding bunds will be the priority, in others, plantation, including bamboo and pongamia pinnata (honge tree), may be needed. While there are areas where we need to stop pesticides from entering the water, others have issues of encroachment,” said Guddappa M Devagiri, who is overseeing the drive.

    That’s not all. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Tamil Nadu-based Isha Foundation, which was part of an initiative by the Madhya Pradesh government to restore river Narmada, is reportedly is in talks with the government to launch a similar initiative in Karnataka, said a senior official of Kodagu Zilla panchayat.

    He said the foundation plans to take up a massive tree plantation drive on the banks of Cauvery from Bhagamandala, the confluence of three rivers (Cauvery, Kanika and the Sujyothithe) in Kodagu to Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Mandya by involving volunteers. “This project would also involve cooperation from people living in nearby areas, saints and ashrams that have been active in Narmada conservation and all those who care for river conservation and management,” he added.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by ManuAiyappa Kanathanada / TNN / July 13th, 2017

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    Chennai :

    International squash player Joshna Chinnappa was on Tuesday appointed senior sports officer of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco).

    Chinnappa met chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy at the secretariat and received the order in the presence of power minister P Thangamani, energy secretary Vikram Kapur and Tangedco chairman M Saikumar.

    The decision to make a direct appointment under the sports quota was made after the squash player made a request. Chinnappa won the women’s title in the Asian Individual Squash Championship in April this year.

    Earlier this year, she reached the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Egypt. She also won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the women’s doubles with Dipika Pallikal-Karthik. She has won seven titles so far.

    Though many national and international sport persons are employed in public sector undertaking like railways, oil companies, banks etc, this is probably the first time an international sports person has approached the Tamil Nadu government for a job.

    “Squash is not very famous in the country and therefore I did not approach PSUs. I approached the Tamil Nadu government for employment as the government has allocated money for several sports persons,” Chinnappa told TOI.

    “In the next 5 or 6 years if I decide to retire from the sport I want job security and so I approached the state government. I will be joining the job in a few days and only after that I will come to know of the type of work I need to perform,” said Chinnappa.

    Tangedco has in the past appointed sports persons, but this is the first time a sports person of international repute has been appointed in the discom. “It is the first time an international sport person has applied for an employment with us. She stands number 1 in squash in India and 14th in the world,” Saikumar told TOI.

    Chinappa’s appointment in Tangedco comes a day after the chief minister announced cash rewards for Tamil Nadu athletes who won medals in the Asian Athletic Championship which concluded in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports> More Sports> Others / by Sivakumar B / TNN / July 11th, 2017

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