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    Madikeri:
    Lieutenant General A K Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Southern Command, was here to be at the late Field Marshal K M Cariappa’s 113th birth anniversary observace. He arrived on Friday.

    At a touching ceremony jointly organized by the department of Kannada and culture, Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy and Field Marshal Cariappa Forum on Saturday, Jan 28 – the day the great man had been born in 1899 – he received the military guard of honour and then spoke highly about him and the land he hailed from, namely, Kodagu.

    “India is ready to face great challenges from adversaries in spite of the talks of friendship. Besides, all citizens should be alert of security threat in the country. We are fully alive and alert to face those elements which harm the trust and honour of the nation,” he asserted.

    He said Kodagu district had given a number of soldiers to the armed forces. The trend must continue and more and more youngsters from here should join the Services, he said. He said that he had always longed to visit Kodagu, which had given great soldiers like Field Marshal Cariappa, General Thimmaya and Subedar Guddemane Appaiah Gowda. The visit was finally possible because of the 113th birth anniversary of FM Cariappa.

    Having served as the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces of independent India FM Cariappa, he made a significant contribution to the nation. The country should always remember his discipline, efficiency, honesty and patriotism. Remembering him itself could inspire anyone to inculcate self-respect, dedication and discipline, he further said.

    Lt Gen Singh also said that golden canteen, healthcare, rest-house and other facilities had been made available to former Servicemen in Kodagu district. He also revealed that a grant of Rs 2 lakh would be made towards observance of FM Cariappa’s birthday on Army’s behalf.

    State legislative assembly speaker and Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah, speaking on the occasion, said that it was fitting that the birthday of FM Cariappa, one of the greatest Army chiefs that India had seen, was being observed in a very apt way.

    He also said that with the support of all elected representatives from the district, the government would be urged to observe the great man’s birthday throughout the state. The government had already declared two festivals of Kodagu, Tula Sankramana and Huttari, as official holidays. A request to declare FM Cariappa’s birthday as a public holiday would be submitted to the government, he said.

    FM Cariappa was known for discipline, consistency and punctuality and the ideals and values he had stood for should be adopted by everyone. It was a healthy development that functions to recall such personalities were being arranged. During visits to elsewhere in the country or abroad, no one identifies Kodavas on their own. But a mention of Field Marshal Cariappa would give instant recognition, he further said.

    Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan said that remembering the Field Marshal, who was known for discipline, honesty and commitment, by in itself was an inspiring experience. Pointing out the slump in the number of people from Kodagu joining the Armed forces, the youth should take his example of military discipline and dedication. Wishing that the birthday should be observed on a nationwide basis, he said already a library had been set up in Shanivarsanthe, the Field Marshal’s town of birth and assured to make more funds available for it.

    MLC M C Nanaiah said the late Field Marshal deserved Bharat Ratna decoration and suggested that the state government would take steps to have it given posthumously to the great person. His birthday should be

    Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha member H Vishwanath and FM Cariappa Forum convener Major Nanjappa also spoke on the occasion. Other highlights of the occasion was the release of a booklet on the Field Marshal, honouring of four individuals for their achievements and service, showering of flower petals on the Cariappa statue from a helicopter from above and an attractive march-past by NCC cadets, the Army band, police, Scouts and Guides etc. A traditional Kodava weapon, ‘Odikatti’ was presented to Lt Gen Singh.

    C M Pemmaiah, coffee planter and Mandepanda Pushpa Kuttanna, a social activist, were also honoured. Besides, K C Ramamurthy, coffee planter, and Mukkatira Chengappa, a social activist, were honoured posthumously. There were spontaneous shouts of ‘Jai Cariappa’ when an army helicopter showered flower petals on the statue at the Sudarshan circle.

    Kodava Sahitya Academy president Iymudianda Rani Machaiah, DC Dr N V Prasad, SP Manjunath Annigeri, Kanti Belliappa, Lt Gen C N Somanna, Lt Gen B C Nanda, Air Marshal K C Cariappa, Maj Gen B A Kariappa, Maj Gen K P Nanjappa, Col K C Subbaiah, FM Cariappa Forum vice president M M Ravindra, Kannada and culture department assistant director Vinod Chandra and many prominent citizens were present on the occasion.

    Nanda Cariappa said on the occasion that his father was respected with awe not only by Kodavas but the entire people of Kodagu. His wife Meena Cariappa was with him.

    Uliada Poovaiah welcomed the gathering. Madettira Belliappa and Daty Poovaiah compered the function. Kodava Samaj president Matanda Monnappa gave a vote of thanks.

    source: http://www.connect.in.com / www.Mangalorean.com / Team Mangalorean – Madikeri / from Ashwini Appaiah / With Vartha Pics / publised January 29th, 2012

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    Tata Global Beverages Limited through its subsidiary, Tata Coffee Limited has formed 50:50 JV – Tata Starbucks Limited with Starbucks group.

    The first cafe will open by August-September and will be named – Starbucks Coffee – A Tata Alliance. The JV plans to open 50 outlets in the initial phase, beginning with Mumbai and Delhi and expand into other cities and Tier-II towns. The initial investment will be R400Cr ($80Mn).

    Luthra & Luthra Law Offices advised Tata for the deal.

    According to MOU, Starbucks will set up stores in the Tata group’s retail outlets and hotels, besides sourcing and roasting coffee beans from Tata Coffee’s Kodagu facility.

    Starbucks, which runs over 16,000 stores worldwide, has been in talks with the Future Group, Reliance and Jubilant for an entry into India, but none of those discussions fructified.

    Headquartered in Seattle, Starbucks operates in more than 50 countries. It has been sourcing coffee beans from India for the last seven years. Starbucks sells a wide variety of coffee and tea products with a range of complementary food items, primarily through retail stores.

    Tata Global Beverages Limited engages in the development, marketing, and distribution of tea products. Tata Coffee Limited engages in growing, curing, manufacturing, marketing, retailing, and exporting coffee and tea in India and internationally.

    The company produces more than 10,000 MT of shade grown Arabica and Robusta coffees at its 19 estates in South India and its two Instant Coffee manufacturing facilities have a combined installed capacity of 6000 metric tones.

    It exports green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. In 2006, Tata Coffee acquired Eight ‘O Clock Coffee Co., a segment leader in the US coffee retail market for US$ 220 million.

    Last August, Tata Global acquired 31% stake in US-based Rising Beverages, which is known for vitamin water based products. It had also signed a MoU with Kerala Ayurveda to form a joint venture for product development.

    In 2010, the company formed a joint venture firm with Pepsico – NourishCo Beverages, to produce non- carbonated ready to drink beverages.

    In this segment major players include Barista (200 outlets), Cafe Coffee Day (1,040 outlets) and Costa Coffee and others (100).

    source: http://www.dealcurry.com / Home> Category: Mergers & Acquisitions> Industry: Agro/ Food & Beverage / by Charmi Gutka/ January 31st, 2012

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    January 31st, 2012adminSports

    Kodava Samaj, Bangalore, will conduct Field Marshall K M Cariappa Memorial Hockey Tournament from 9th to 19th February at KSHA Stadium under the auspices of Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA).

    Teams affiliated to KSHA may send the entry to Kodava Samaja Recreation Club or KSHA office.

    For further details, contact:
    C S Poonacha/A B Palangappa – 9480490611/9448082668.

    source: http://www.bangalore.citizenmatter.in / Sports/ by News Desk / January 31st, 2012

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    January 27th, 2012adminAbout Kodagu / Coorg, Uncategorized

    Members of the Codava National Council (CNC) demanding an autonomous Kodava homeland comprising 45 erstwhile ‘nads’ (nad is a group of villages) on Thursday, staged a satyagraha at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Madikeri and presented a memorandum to the Kodagu Additional Deputy Commissioner pressing for their demands.

    The Indian Republic was “incomplete” without positively addressing the concerns of the Kodava people in Kodagu for creation of an autonomous homeland for the Kodavas, N.U. Nachappa, president of the CNC, who led the satyagraha, said. Granting ethno-linguistic tribal minority status to the Kodavas, ensuring Constitutional special guarantee to their customary laws, including Kodava language in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution, unhindered exemption under the Indian Arms Act to hold weapons, were some of the other demands.

    Census

    Mr. Nachappa appealed to the members of the Kodava community to ensure that the caste names in the caste census enumeration was entered as Kodava. Kodavas should see that the caste was not entered as ‘Codaga’ or ‘Coorgi’ or ‘Coorgs’ in the column meant for entering the name of the caste. The move would help the Kodavas to maintain their identity in future, Mr. Nachappa said.

    The Prime Minister’s Office and the Chief Minister’s Office had acknowledged the memorandums submitted in this regard, Mr. Nachappa said.

    The Assistant Registrar General, Government of India, attached to the Union Home Ministry, Pratibha Kumari, too had acknowledged the memorandum of the CNC on entering the caste, Mr. Nachappa added.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com/National> Karnataka> Mysore / by Staff Correspondent / January 27th, 2012

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    January 25th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Uncategorized


    The Vivanta by Taj Surya, Coimbatore
    The Taj brand’s decision to categorise its properties, covering the spectrum from upper upscale to budget, has been especially useful in times of recession.

    Amidst an impatient and noisy crowd eager for his attention and, of course, his sound bites, Raymond N. Bickson’s unhurried voice had to sometimes struggle to make itself heard. It was the day of the launch of the Vivanta by Taj property in Coimbatore last week.

    “This is our 22nd Vivanta by Taj property and the third in the last one year,” he said, over a cup of tea.

    The global economic turmoil in the last few years has hit many businesses hard. The hospitality industry, particularly at the high end, is in a shambles.

    Hotels have not been able to hold on to room rates since 2008. Occupancy has dropped. The national average has been hovering at 50-60 per cent.

    Bickson, in his 10th year at the helm of Taj Hotels and Resorts, says, “For us, the growth came from the budget, upscale and upper upscale markets.”

    Thanks to his initiative, Taj rolled out its brand architecture five years ago, segmenting the mono-brand Taj into four different brands for different markets, with the launch of its first Vivanta in Bangalore.

    Besides consolidating its products under the new brand architecture, the company has also been communicating the brand specifications clearly to its guests. Taj, one of the most visible brands, was associated with all properties across categories.

    “It was confusing. We wanted the brand Taj to represent only luxury. Hence the new brand architecture,” he explained earlier. The success story of the brand architecture exercise is now a Harvard case study, he says.

    It has been extremely difficult since 2008 considering the recession in source markets, terrorism in the region and high inflation – particularly food inflation, mounting tremendous pressure on cost. However, for Taj, thanks to a remarkable growth in domestic travel, the budget and upscale categories really grew, driving the average room rates and RevPAR (revenue per available room) in these markets. Segmenting has really helped Taj cash in on the trend.

    “The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Our Ginger (budget hotel brand), Gateway (upscale brand) and Vivanta by Taj (upper upscale brand) properties were doing really well,” he says adding, “That’s precisely where all the growth came from.”

    The room inventory in India has more than doubled from 65,000 rooms in 2003 to 130,000 rooms today. Particularly in the last two-three years, there have been a lot of new players and new properties coming up across the country.

    Taj itself opened 14 Gateway hotels, besides three Vivanta properties, in the last 26 months.

    Notwithstanding the economic downturn, “we had to focus on our growth agenda, consolidating our brands under the new architecture. We have aggressive plans for further expansion in the domestic and overseas markets as well,” says Bickson.

    Taj currently has 109 hotels (of which 16 are outside India) under four brands – 27 luxury hotels under the Taj brand, 23 Vivanta by Taj; and 10 upper upscale properties in India (which may soon be brought under the Vivanta umbrella; 25 Gateway Hotels and Resorts across India and a chain of 24 Ginger hotels.

    It has close to 50 hotels under various stages of development in India and abroad. In the next couple of weeks it will launch two Vivanta properties in Hyderabad and Bekal in Kerala. Hotels in Madikeri (Coorg), Dwaraka and Gurgaon are also planned for the year.

    It is also launching its 17{+t}{+h} overseas property, in Morocco, in the next few months, and the next one in Beijing. The pipeline is longer. “By 2015, we will have at least 150 properties in our fold,” he says.

    Bickson believes that to compete with multinational brands effectively, Taj needs to have a considerable number of properties in source markets and other global destinations. It has half-a-dozen hotels planned for China alone.

    “We are very excited about the Chinese market, and the Taj brand is well recognised there,” he says. Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Melbourne, Singapore, Brazil, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and sub-Saharan countries are also on its radar. However, he said, the growth outside India will mostly be through the asset-light model, either management contracts or property leasing. “At best, we may go in for partial ownership deals.”

    This will enable Taj to achieve its target revenue ratio of 50:50 from its domestic and international businesses. Currently, it’s at 70:30.

    To facilitate smooth sailing, “we need to have a good balance sheet, and in the last three years we managed to lower our debt-equity to 0.6:1 from 1.2:1 earlier,” he said.

    So, is the focus only on expanding Vivanta’s footprint? “No, we are pretty much focused on our Gateway and Ginger line-up too.” In fact, the company is proposing another brand to occupy the space between Ginger and Gateway. There is a big gap between the two price points of Rs 2,500 and Rs 6,000.

    “We are seriously considering another brand there in the next two to three years, before any of the foreign brands go and put one of their brands in these markets,” he said. Being in the industry for more than a century, “we want to be the first mover in that space”.

    On the challenges the industry faces in India, he said the Government should facilitate business growth by simplifying processes and formalities. For example, it’s very cumbersome to set up a property here. “You need 120 permits to start a hotel in India, whereas in Singapore you need only 11 permits.”

    source: http://www.TheHinduBusinessLine.com / Features> Brandline / by R. RaviKumar / January 2012

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    January 25th, 2012adminSports

    Players S.K.Uthappa and Kothajit Singh are keen to excel for India in international hockey tournaments.

    Indian hockey player S.K.Uthappa. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

    Environmental influences do shape individuals. They have spurred two youngsters, hailing from distant corners of the country, to take up hockey seriously despite the not-so-lucrative status of the sport at present. Despite their different backgrounds, S.K. Uthappa (21) and Kothajit Singh (19) share the same passion – to excel on the astro-turf. The two players earned their maiden India shirts in the recently-concluded Test series against South Africa and impressed with their performances.

    The chief coach of the Indian team, Michael Nobbs, was delighted to see them perform to their potential and compete for spots in the National side for the forthcoming Olympic qualifier. It was only natural for Uthappa, from Coorg (the nursery of hockey in Karnataka which has produced stalwarts like M.P. Ganesh, B.P. Govinda and Arjun Halappa), to pick up the crooked stick. “In Coorg, everyone plays hockey. My brother played for the Bangalore University.

    My family always wanted me to play hockey and represent the country,” said the well-built player sporting attractive locks.

    “I thought, let me play the game I am good at,” added Uthappa, who had moved to Bangalore eight years ago to pursue the sport at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre there.

    Best player

    Uthappa, an attacking midfielder, hogged the limelight in last year’s National championship in Bhopal, where he was adjudged the best player. From there, he took the big leap. “Representing the country was a big moment for me. I want to give my best (for India),” said Uthappa, a B.Com final year student at the College of Commerce in the Garden City. “I am grateful to my college which has helped me a lot in pursuing my sport.” A promising player who idolises centre-half Sardar Singh, Uthappa feels his game has improved a lot after attending the National camp.

    A video games fanatic and a Chelsea fan to the core, Uthappa is a sportive guy in his inner circle. “All my team mates play pranks on me

    for my surname. They say, I am the ‘Robin Uthappa’ of hockey,” he says with a smile.

    Quite different from the Karnataka player is Kothajit, a typical shy Manipuri. Born to a family of hockey players, the teenager had no choice but to play the sport. “In my family, my parents, three brothers and a sister are all hockey players,” said Kothajit, belonging to the land of Olympian Thoiba Singh.

    Incidentally, Kothajit and Changlensana Singh were the latest men’s hockey players from the state to make it to National side after several years.

    Made a mark

    Kothajit, who moved to the SAI centre in Lucknow in 2009 to hone his skills, made his mark in the Ranchi National Games in February last. Later, he proved his worth when he was selected for the National camp. “An Olympics medal is the ultimate achievement in hockey. I am aiming for that,” said the gritty player. “I admire Dhanraj Pillay. I wanted to be like him when I started,” said the midfielder, who began as a forward. Kothajit, despite his passion for hockey, has not lost touch with his studies and is continuing his Std X at present. “I find time to go through my books and prepare for the exams.”

    The soft-spoken Manipuri, who loves to go out with friends and watch movies in his free time, is not untouched by the influence of Facebook. “It is part of today’s life. I am not a regular Facebooker, but sometimes use it to stay in touch with my friends,” says the happy-go-lucky youth. Kothajit, however, does not forget the primary aim of his life – to make an impact by keeping up the good work on the turf.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Sports> Hockey / by Y.B. Sarangi / January 25th, 2012

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    January 24th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mangalore:

    If the city was immersed in youthful exuberance during the 17th National Youth Festival (NYF) 2012 last week, it was the turn of Vamanjoor village, to embrace innocence personified, in the form of children, in the first ever Bal Bharath Srujanotsav held in the state at Pilikula on Sunday.

    This is the first Srujanotsav to be held outside Delhi.Nearly 4,000 children, including 1,430 from 20 states and union territories, descended in droves at the Pilukula venue in a procession which started from Vamanjoor junction, about two km from the venue. The mile-long procession was as colourful as the NYF procession with 26 teams and their guides, taking part in it.

    Jaya Tandel and Chinmaya from Daman, in the city for the first time were excited to present their machi (fisher folk dance) apart from dandiya, Portuguese and tribal dances in the festival.Their teacher Deepika Sahani said they had taken part in Children’s Mela held in Delhi twice.Virat Gowda and Manjunath from Kodagu were in the traditional Coorgi attire and will present a slice of Kodagu. Virat said he had been to festivals in Delhi. G Nageshwari from Odissa will present sambalpuri and Odissi dance at the four-day event. Shakuntala A, deputy director, Women and Child Development, said that there were 30 teams from the state and 50 members team each of the Bal Bhavan societies from five taluks of the DK district.Divya Narayanappa, administrative officer, Bal Bhavan Society, Bangalore said the fest had moved out national capital for the first time.

    “For the past 35 years, Delhi was the venue for the event. The objective to move out of the national capital is to bring out the hidden talents in children through four mediums – science, creative writing, creative performance and creative art (painting, collage etc),” she said.Women and child welfare minister C C Patil said that the fest was provided Rs 69 lakh through Bal Bhavan and the state was giving Rs 25 lakh. “We will supplement if there is a shortfall,” he added.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Collections> Odissi / Mangalore / by Stanley Pinto / January 23rd, 2012

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    January 24th, 2012adminSports

    Chandigarh:
    City boy Angad Cheema won the 111th CNEB All India Amateur championship title after beating an experienced Gagan Verma 5 and 4 in a final 36-hole competition at Chandigarh Golf Club on Sunday. With the victory, Cheema also finished second on the Indian Golf Union’s Order of merit list as it was the last event of the 2011 season. In the team championship, Bangalore’s duo S Chikkarangappa and Khalin Joshi got the runner’s-up prize while Cheema and Delhi’s Honey Baisoya were declared winners. Cheema, who turns 22 on January 25, was followed by his father throughout the day.

    After taking the trophy, he said, “It was an emotional win for me as my dad was watching my game for the first time on course.” Both players, who finished second in World Inter Amateur Championship in Malaysia in 2011, started the day aggressively in the morning session as both of them were all square until 16th hole. Verma won 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 12th, 14th holes. Cheema won 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 13th to become equal. In afternoon, Cheema became 1-up to claim the contest.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Collections> City Boy/ Chandigarh / TNN / January 23rd, 2012

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    January 23rd, 2012adminSports

    New Delhi:

    In the end, a few angry words from the coach did the trick. India bounced back from a ‘lost’ situation to hold South Africa to a 3-3 draw in the fifth and final hockey Test at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium on Sunday.

    The Indians put up an ordinary display early on in the inconsequential match, having come to the tie leading the series 3-1. At the breather, they were down 0-3. But thing changed dramatically afterwards.

    “I was a little angry. I told the players to pull up their socks and do more in the field. I could understand that they were a little complacent having already won the series,” coach Michael Nobbs said after the match.

    The terse words coupled with some tactical changes not only helped India score thrice in the second half, but also denied the visitors any addition to their tally.

    A goal attempt by SV Sunil after a fine run on the right flank was stopped by the rival goalkeeper but Sardar Singh grabbed the free ball and passed on to Yuvraj Walmiki who slammed home in the 43rd minute for India’s first goal.

    VR Raghunath scored through India’s fourth penalty corner six minutes later to further reduce the lead before Sarvanjit Singh set it up for SK Uthappa in the 66th minute to complete the tally.

    Earlier, South Africa dominated the first half with goals from Ricky West (26th minute), Ian Haley (31st) and Miguel de Grasa (34th). Nobbs said that he was happy to see his players’ abilities to salvage the situation from critical positions. “Coming back from that position is a terrific result, a real positive. In the last four-five months, whenever we have trailed, we have often made strong comebacks,” he said.

    On Sunday, India fielded comeback men Rupinder Pal Singh and Danish Mujtaba, who returned to the side after brief injury layoffs. Both played for a fair amount of time though they looked a bit rusty. Having done a lot of experimentation with the team in the five-match series, Nobbs suggested that his boys would continue playing attacking hockey when they square up during the upcoming Olympic qualifiers.

    source: http://www.TimesofIndia.Indiatimes.com/ Home> Sports> Hockey / by Biswajyoti Brahma / TNN / January 23rd, 2012

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    This hill paradise, which pioneered the concept of homestay, is going to regulate them. Ten years after homestay became a part of Madikeri’s tourism circuit, the local civic body is looking at it as a source of income.

    Starting from next financial year, the Madikeri City Municipal Council (MCMC) will charge an annual fee of `2,000 to each individual who runs such a facility.

    “This is not a tax, but a fee payable by the owner of every homestay in return for the no objection certificate (NOC), which will be issued by the civic body. The new tourism policy has made provisions for issuance of NOC by the local civic body in addition to the ‘trade licence’ by the regional tourism office,” HM Nandakumar, president of MCMC said.

    “There are not more than 50 legal homestays. But the number of illegal homestays is five times this number. If they are to survive, they should adopt regulations which will be good for them and to the city,” he said.

    The owners stand to gain as their establishments will get a legal stamp by having the licence from regional tourism office and NOC from the City Municipal Council. The establishment will be automatically certified and no owner can run away from the law.

    Opposition leader in the council TM Aiyappa was critical of homestay owners who hoodwink the city municipality.

    “They cannot have a free run anymore. They have to fall in line and pay the city its due. They should consider themselves lucky that the council did not impose a tax but only a fee for the annual NOC,” he said.

    Madikeri City Municipality commissioner Shashikumar said the civic body had passed a resolution recently to this effect.

    “Civic leaders of Madikeri thought it fit to collect just a NOC fee. But later, homestays may come under a tax structure. That will be decided by the urban development department. In addition to the NOC and the fee, the council decided to impose hefty fines to those homestays that pollute the environment by indiscriminate dumping of garbage.

    District in-charge minister J Krishna Palemar, who is also the state environment and ecology minister, hailed the move of the civic body. “Homestay is a commercial activity. During their formative years, homestays were welcomed with open arms. They grew without any regulation except for a licence from the tourism department.We have to consider that period as a gestation period or even as a tax holiday. The owners should not rue the fees and should consider it as their contribution towards the growth of Madikeri as a hill tourism centre of the state,” Palemar said.

    However, those who run homestays are not amused.

    “It is wrong to say that we’ve year-long business. There are certain seasons and each season does not last more than a few weeks.

    Only techies from Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore were patronising home stays in Madikeri, Nowadays, they go to Chikmagalur and Shimoga. which have also embraced this business. It is all right if the CMC charges us fees for grantingthe NOC, but if they are thinking of further taxing us, many of us will go out of business,” said office-bearers of Kodagu Home Stay Association.

    Techies from Bangalore and Mysore going to Madikeri homestays during week-ends may have to dig deeper into their pockets as the homestays and estate stays have become 10% costlier.

    A one-room facility will cost not less than Rs2,200 to Rs3,000 per 24 hours while a two-room, four-bed family facility will cost Rs4,000.

    Urban development department official are thinking of bringing in a uniform rate of taxes and fees payable by home stays to civic bodies.

    source: http://www.DnaIndia.com / Home> Bangalore> Report / by M Raghuram / Place: Madikeri / Agency: DNA / Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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