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    After grabbing a great response from ‘ FALTU’, Jacky Bhagnani is thrilled about his upcoming flick ‘ Ajab Gazabb Love’. The actor admires his co-star Nidhi Subbaiah for her tremendous performance in the movie. The actor who had done three films with every fresh faces stated that he would love to romance Angelina Jolie.

    Jacky stated that, “I would want to romance Angelina Jolie also, but I have just done three films till now and I am happy romacing Nidhi in this film.”

    He also added that he is also a fresh face of the B-town and doesn’t mind romancing any actress.

    The actor said, “Off-screen rapport is very important with an actress to make the movie look realistic. People want to see real friendship even if it’s a filmy film.”

    source: http://www.aajkiakhbar.com / Home> Entertainment . by Abhayank Tiwari / Thursday, August 31st, 2012

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    August 30th, 2012adminAgriculture, Business & Economy

    The forest department has decided to install solar fences and dig trenches to check the elephant menace in Kodagu district.

    Elaborating on the measures, Kodagu conservator of forests Brijeshkumar Dixith said the department has planned to install solar fences across 71km in Nagarahole-Thithimathi range and for 41km in Dubare range.

    The fences will be powered with 5KV to 7KV electricity. Small sheds will be erected at a distance of 3km each along the fence to check and maintain the power lines. The sheds will have the control switches to regulate power.

    The department has decided to rope in estate owners for manning the sheds.

    Estate owners will be asked to spare a labourer, who will visit the shed every morning and evening to check the switches and regulate power supply.

    The department will pay the worker Rs 1,000 per month. This arrangement will spare the department from engaging additional staff for manning the sheds.

    In places where the department cannot install solar fences, 3m-wide trenches will be dug. But before taking up these works, Dixith said the department will drive the elephants towards the forest area, away from the village and town boundaries, and a special forest squad has been formed for the purpose.

    In North Kodagu especially the Sakaleshpur-Kodagu border, the department has sought permission for tranquilizing and capturing wild elephants.

    When questioned about teak cultivation in forest area depleting food for animals, Dixith said it was a wrong notion. “Elephants eat the bark of teak. Also, a variety of bamboo is grown everywhere in Kodagu, which is consumed by elephants,” he said.

    On the scarcity of water inside the forest, he said a project will be proposed to repair and rejuvenate all the mud-covered and neglected streams and ponds inside the forest area.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Mysore / TNN / August 30th, 2012

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    TSR Memorial & Mohare Hanumantharaya awards to be presented

    Caption: Shivasharanappa Vali, Ranganatha Rao, M.B. Desai, Nagaraja, Narayana Karantha, K.V. Paramesh, Ramesh Kuttappa, Ravindra Bhat

    Bangalore, Aug. 25
    The State Government will be honouring journalists by presenting the TSR Memorial and Mohare Hanumantharaya, Development and Environmental Journalism awards for the years 2010 and 2011 at Ravindra Kalakshetra here on Aug. 27 at 11 am.

    G.N. Ranganath Rao and Garudanagiri Nagaraj will be honoured with TSR Memorial Award for 2010 and 2011 respectively. Shivasharanappa Vali (2010) and M.B. Desai (2011) will be given the Mohare Hanumantharaya Journalism Award while K.V. Paramesh (2010) and Ravindra Bhat Ainakai (2011) will receive Development Journalism Awards. Narayana Karanth Peraje (2010) and Ajjamada Ramesh Kuttappa (2011) will be given Environmental awards by the government.

    Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will present TSR and Mohare Hanumantharaya awards while Dy.CMs K.S. Eshwarappa and R .Ashok will present Development Journalism and Environmental Journalism awards respectively.

    MP Ananthkumar and Justice G.P. Shivaprakash, retired High Court Judge & President of Journalism Award Selection Committee will be the chief guests.

    Chikpet MLA Dr.D. Hemachandra Sagar will preside.

    Late T.S. Ramachandra Rao (TSR), as the Editor of Prajavani, was famous for his column Choobaana. The government is presenting an award in his name since 1993 which includes Rs. 1 lakh cash prize. Till now, 18 journalists have received this award.

    TSR award recipients: G.N. Ranganatha Rao entered journalism field by joining Tayinadu as a Sub-Editor. He also served in Samyukta Karnataka. He worked in Prajavani for 34 years and has authored 30 books.

    Garudanagiri Nagaraja joined the movement for a responsible government against Mysore State when he was a student and was imprisoned. He received progressive farmer award also. He first served in Janavani, Praja-matha and later in Kannada Prabha. He has also served as the President of Karnataka Newspaper Academy.

    Late Mohare Hanumantharaya was a freedom fighter from Bijapur district. After working as the Sub-Editor and Editor of Karnataka Vaibhava weekly in Bijapur, he joined Samyukta Karnataka as Editor and later became its Managing Editor. He started Kannada’s first digest Kasturi in 1956.

    Mohare Hanumantharaya award recipients: Shivasharanappa Vali of Bidar district was involved in freedom movement, journalism, social work, educational, religious and political activities. He worked in Delhi’s Hindustan Samachar for 10 years and later in ‘Uttara Karnataka’ daily.

    Mohan Basavaraja Desai: He started a Kannada weekly Darshana and later converted it into a daily Loka Darshana in border district of Belgaum. He has served as an Editor for 50 years in Kannada journalism.

    Development journalism: K.V. Paramesh – Entering journalism field through Kodagu’s Shakti daily newspaper, he also served as Mysore Centre Head of E-TV Kannada, Bangalore Senior Reporter & Head of Political Division of Suvarna 24×7 and also in Samyukta Karnataka. His contributions include reports on Nagarahole forest fire, H.D. Kote taluk forest conditions, smuggling and sale of minor girls of Girijana tribes in Mysore district etc.

    Ravindra Bhat Ainakai joined Samyukta Karnataka in 1990 and later served in Kannadamma of Belgaum, Aragini, Abhimani and Ee Sanje papers, for three years in Udayavani and later as Mysore Branch Chief of Prajavani. His columns have been published in book form titled Baduku Marada Mele, apart from other books Hejjenu, ‘Moorane Kivi’ etc.

    Environmental journalism: Narayana Karantha Peraje – He has been serving in Dakshina Kannada’s monthly Adike since 22 years. He is well-known for his columns in Sudha, Taranga, Udayavani, Hosadigantha, Kannada Prabha etc. He is the author of more than 10 books including ‘Tala Tapasvi.’

    Ajjamada Ramesh Kuttappa – Entering journalism through Kodagu’s Veeranadu paper, he later worked in DK’s Kannada Janantaranga and as Senior Reporter in Vijaya Karnataka for 11 years. At present, he is the Kodagu Reporter of Vijayavani. He has penned many articles on Kodagu’s environment, developmental works in forest, Nagarahole forest’s condition etc.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / General News / August 25th, 2012

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    For the better part of my teens, I was vegetarian by choice. Not dramatic, under normal circumstances, but since I am a Coorg, it led to many interesting situations. Most often, when we visited relatives, my announcement was met with loud cries of shock and protest, followed by expressions of sorrow and disbelief. An aunt even questioned my suitability for marriage, vegetarian that I was.

    My grandmother would ask me, every day of the holidays, out of deep concern and affection, “What shall I make for you?” and exclaim, triumphantly, “Potatoes!” Somehow, the vast number of vegetarian dishes on her extravagant table remained invisible to her. I soon grew accustomed to the sound of an omelette being hastily and violently beaten up in the kitchen, wherever I went, as compensation for all the meat I was going to miss. I could never figure out what all the fuss was about, because we had such a wonderful vegetarian repertoire of the freshest flavours possible, most of it sourced from the kitchen gardens attached to every home.

    As it was, there were golden curries of pumpkins, cubed and cooked with tender skin still on (kumbala curry), faintly sweet and garlicky. From the back garden came deliciously fat, creamy double beans (avare), which were curried with ground coconut. Kuru curry was thinner, and ran to the edges of your plate, carrying a lovely contrast between fresh green shells and terracotta coloured local French beans. There were lively, stir-fried greens, like kake thoppe, or chonde keere thoppe.

    The leaves were garden fresh, and all it took was an onion and a few green chilies to make a stir-fry, perfect in its simplicity. Tiger striped Mangalore cucumbers were fried soft and velvety, and given a fillip with a little jaggery. And I would wait for the day when a pale, thin curry of ash gourd in curd appeared on the table. Delicate flavours, tender cubes of ash gourd and a mound of rice — it was all the lunch I needed that day. Comfort food meant thoge, a homely blend of vegetables cooked in a thin base of toovar dal.

    In season came a parade of delicacies: wild mushrooms, tender bamboo shoots and enticing little mangoes that were made into a hot and sweet curry with a touch of jaggery. A large glass bowl on my grandmother’s table alternated between plain, solid curd and a selection of pachadis, made with cucumbers, the famous Coorg bitter oranges or sweet mangoes. And there was much more. Of course, things have changed. Going vegetarian is popular now, but we still hesitate, doubting ourselves. Take me for instance — my mother-in-law suddenly turned vegetarian; when she came to stay for several months, I rushed out and bought a huge tome on vegetarian cooking and, abandoning this entire legacy, cooked for her from its pages.

    The writer is an anthropologist and independent author based in the city, who delves in to food, wine, travel and heritage. She is also behind A Gourmet’s Table In Coorg (http://coorg.com), her blog that explores the fascinating traditions of Coorg cuisine, food lore and special meals.

    source: http://www.DeccanChronicle.com / Home> Channels> Lifestyle> Dine o mite / by Kaveri Ponnapa, DC / August 03rd, 2012

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    August 19th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    `5 cr to be spent on development of Bhagandeshwara-Talacauvery temple

    Bhagandeshwara-Talacauvery temple managing committee has decided to provide meals for thousands of devotees who will visit the temple on Tulasankramana.

    The decision was taken at a meeting held at Taluk Panchayat hall here on Saturday. It may be recalled that the committee had restricted supply of meals by various organisations in Mandya and Tamilnadu.

    The committee okayed the action plan of Rs five crore. The fund was released by Cauvery Neeravari Nigama. Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah said several associations are showing keen interest in supplying meals during Tulasankramana, which has created confusion in the temple premises. To avoid confusion, the temple committee has decided to supply meals this year. All those associations who would like to take part in supply of meals, can join hands with the temple committee, the meeting decided.

    Talacauvery-Bhagamandala temples are religious centres. The committee will introduce dress code in the temple premises shortly, Bopaiah said.

    The Speaker said that an action plan has been prepared to develop Talacauvery and Bhagamandala temples. Yathri nivasa, dining hall, and UGD work should be taken up in a scientific manner. The committee should bear 50 per cent cost for laying solar lamps in the temples.

    District-in-Charge Minister Appachu Ranjan said few restrictions will be in force in Talacauvery and Bhagamandala temples as per the decision taken by the management committee. The temple should retain its sanctity. Bhagandeshwara Talacauvery Temple Managing Committee President Manu Muthappa said that paisari land near the temple should be handed over to the committee to construct quarters for the priests. ZP President Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa, Taluk Panchayat President Kavitha Prabhakar and others were present.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Madikeri, DH News Service / August 18th, 2012

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    August 18th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Tusker Country Watch elephants play in Dubare / Photo: Vijaya Pratap / The Hindu
    We visit Dubare where elephants are trained and fall in love with them

    Every time I visit Coorg, I fall in love with it all over again. Misty hills, tall areca palms, silver oak with pepper wines twisting around them, coffee plants growing in their cover, bright red hibiscus dangling from shrubs, emerald green banana plantations, one can’t help but fall hopelessly in love.

    Close to Madikeri is Dubare Elephant Camp, a Jungle Lodges Resort perched on the edge of the forest. Where the woods end, the river Kaveri takes over. Huge trees on the banks, with the branches dramatically drooping over the water, make a picturesque setting. I reach camp and check into a cottage overlooking the river. Just below my balcony, I can see a myriad ripples merging into each other almost at my feet, while a symphony of cicadas, crickets, and bird calls alternates with delightful interludes of silence.

    Gentle giants

    I wait impatiently for daybreak and the safari. A smiling waiter bearing tea and a promise of cheerful, clear weather knocks on my door at dawn. Deep in the jungle, we find a group of elephants with two calves grazing. We stop and the driver switches off the engine. I click pictures to my heart’s content till suddenly, a huge tusker makes his majestic appearance, and with a loud trumpet suddenly comes really close, right in front of the jeep. I start getting jittery, but Jaya Prakash, the resort manager, is pumping courage. “Just wait and watch, continue your shooting,” are his cool words. My hands are too shaky to stay steady. The tusker comes closer, gives a loud trumpet in protest. ‘Why are you intruding?’ he seems to say. We maintain a guilty silence. He shakes his head and trumpets some more, as if to say ‘Ok… this time you’re pardoned, but not again,’ and starts to move away, his wife and baby following obediently. It’s a lovely sight, watching them disappear into the woods.

    Dubare Forest, famous for its biodiversity and elephants, is a moist deciduous reserve forest with bamboo everywhere, which has flowered this year. This means the elephants have to go further into the Western Ghats in search of food. It is fun having elephants for company during mealtimes, though one can’t hope to compete with them in eating.

    As I sip coffee, just below, an elephant downs water by gallons. An elephant just yards away is eating for hours at the same spot. The noise of breaking branches goes on till evening. Elephants have to eat 250 kg of food and drink 200 litres of water everyday to survive. All their time is used in eating, 16 to 20 hours a day, and they get hardly four hours of sleep.

    I discover how harmless, intelligent and loving these animals are. We are allowed to join the mahouts to scrub the elephants down, as they placidly lie in the water. All of them are very obedient, except Ganesha, the 18-month-old tusker known for his mischief. Ganesha and another young calf who I name Karthik play and frolic most adorably, like two naughty boys. They roll over, they lock trunks, they go under, surface again. Karthik is weak, not a match to the robust first-born Ganesha, whose tusks have already started to emerge. But they play amicably, Karthik trying to keep pace with Ganesha. The staff complains that Ganesha is teaching the other one mischief! No different from our kids! After the bath, it’s breakfast time. Freshly scrubbed and shining, all the elephants line up to be fed huge balls of ragi and horsegram.

    Jainu Kurubas are traditional mahouts, and even small boys can ride and control the animal. The mahout places his feet on both the animal’s ears and presses, using it as clutch and brake. He touches sensitive points like the forehead and ears with a little baton or ankush to stop and control the beast. He uses small commands and code language. I find it very interesting to see how the huge animal obeys even a little boy mahout.

    Up to mischief

    Mayura, a young tusker, is considered the most eligible bachelor. One day, as I watch him grazing, he slowly enters the campus and suddenly starts to uproot all the freshly planted saplings. The staff tries to stop him but he refuses to take anyone’s commands. Then, the mahout rushes to the spot and admonishes him, and Mayura meekly obeys.

    After four days, I bid goodbye to Dubare. When I visit next, Ganesha will be a responsible adult tusker, wooing girl elephants. Mayura may be middle-aged by then and lose his place to Ganesha or Karthik (although I think will always play second fiddle to Ganesha!).

    As Sattar starts his motor boat to take us back to the other bank, I look across the river and see Ganesha going for a bath with Karthik tagging along. My eyes mist over… I never knew such a strong bond could grow in such a short time.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> Life & Style> Travel / by Vijaya Pratap / August 10th, 2012

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    Centre to provide subsidy to growers to purchase machinery during the 12th Plan period

    The Centre has approved an outlay of Rs. 100 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan for implementing the scheme “Support for mechanisation of farm operations” in coffee estates.

    Officials in the Coffee Board told The Hindu that the Centre would soon issue an order for implementing the scheme from the current year. The amount would be utilised for providing subsidy to coffee growers to purchase machinery. A sum of Rs. 20 crore would be utilised each year in the Plan period between 2012 and 2017.


    While small growers owning less than 25 acres of plantation are eligible to get 50 per cent subsidy (up to Rs. 2 lakh) for purchase of machinery, large farmers are eligible to obtain 25 subsidy (up to Rs. 4.5 lakh). Self-help groups are eligible to get 50 per cent subsidy (up to Rs. five lakh). Nearly 97 per cent of coffee planters own less than 25 acres of estates in Karnataka.


    Officials said acute shortage of labour and rise in wages in traditional coffee growing States such as Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is impeding expansion of area under coffee. The Board has decided to push for more mechanisation of farm activities in plantations to address the problem of absence of skilled labour.


    Planters could utilise funds for purchase of machineries such as weed/brush cutter, pit digging machine, telescopic pruner, hand-held/battery operated coffee harvester, sprayers, mini-tractors, power tillers, mini-transporters/rubber track carriers.

    The Board has submitted proposals to the Centre seeking Rs. 1,200 crore during the 12th Plan period. The outlay during the 11th Plan period was Rs. 600 crore.

    The Planning Commission, Commerce and Finance Ministries would approve various proposals on research and development, area expansion, replanting etc. in the next couple of months, officials said.


    Heavy rainfall in the last few weeks is likely to boost the crop prospects in coffee growing districts of Kodagu, Chikmagalur and Hassan. “The situation was alarming a few weeks ago due to deficient rainfall. Heavy rainfall in the last few days helped control spread of the white stem borer disease afflicting coffee plantations,” a top Board official said.

    White stem borer is one of the deadly pests that infects Arabica coffee plantations. Its larvae bores into the plant’s stem causing death of young plants. The older plants may survive but their yield is reduced and susceptibility to diseases increases.


    The Coffee Board has estimated output at 3.25 lakh tonnes in 2012-13 (October-September), which includes 1.04 lakh tonnes of Arabica, and 2.21 lakh tonnes of Robusta. “We analyse the output by the end of the monsoon,” the official pointed out adding that “it is difficult to estimate the production decline at this juncture”.

    Karnataka Planters’ Association predicted decline in output in 2012-13 on account of poor monsoon rain in traditional coffee growing States.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Nagesh Prabhu / Bangalore, August 15th, 2012

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    August 15th, 2012adminSports

    New Delhi:
    Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will chair the 15-member committee, which will select this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee and Arjuna award winners. Former hockey captain Aslam Sher Khan will head the 15-member committee which will select the Dronacharya award winners while sports secretary will be the chairperson of the committee which will select the Dhyanchand award winner.

    Sources told TOI that London Olympics silver medal winner Vijay Kumar (shooting) and bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling) will be considered for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting award. All the other London Games medallists — Sushil Kumar, Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom — have already received the award.

    Apart from several current and former sportspersons, the committees also have representatives from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the sports ministry. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award consists of a cash amount of Rs 7.50 lakh, a scroll of honour and one medal. Arjuna award consist of a statuette, a scroll of honour, and a cash award of Rs five lakh. Dhyanchand Award consists of a plaque, a scroll of honour, ceremonial dress and a cash award of Rs five lakh.

    To recognise the contribution made to sports development by entities other than sportspersons and coaches, the Government had instituted ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’. The Award carries a trophy and citation.

    Khel Ratna/Arjuna committee:

    Chairman: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (shooting). Members: Rajesh Kumar (wrestling), Ashwini Nachappa (athletics), Aparna Popat (badminton), Akhil Kumar (boxing), Khazan Singh (swimming), Baichung Bhutia (football), G Mulini Reddy (volleyball) KS Garcha (polo), Ravi Shastri (cricket), JS Saran, (Army Marksman Unit), Manoj Yadav (secretary, PSCB) Gopal Krishna (DG, SAI) Onkar Kedia (joint secy, sports), C Chinnappa (director, sports).

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Sports> More Sports / TNN & Agencies / August 15th, 2012

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    August 15th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Nature

    The Abbi Falls, 7 km from Madikeri in Kodagu district, has come alive thanks to heavy rains in the last few days. Located between private coffee plantations and spices estates, it presents a magnificent sight.The scenic spot is one of the popular tourist places in the region. / PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR / The Hindu

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> National> Karnataka / Photo by K. Murali Kumarn / August 13th, 2012

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    Dubai, 09 August 2012:
    The Ganiga Samaja, one of the prominent association of U.A.E organized a Blood Donation Camp on the occasion of Holy month of Ramadan. This blood camp was conducted at the Lathifa Hospital (Al Wasl Hospital) from 7pm to 10pm and a large number of blood donors participated in this successful blood donation camp.

    All the members of the Ganiga Samaja Dubai (U.A.E.) were eagerly waited for the donors at the blood donation camp and welcomed them happily. The camp was held in a most cordial manner and the donors filled the forms, had tested prior to the blood donation and helped a great humanitarian deed. All donors felt and had satisfaction that by their donation they could save a few lives and also could help them to maintain their health as well.

    In the donation many prominent personalities took part namely; Daya Kirodean (Dubai Karnataka Sangha), Balakrishna Salian (Vice President -Mogaveers, U.A.E.), Sudhakar Thumbe (President -Billawa Balaga Dubai), Sudhakar Alva (U.A.E Bunts), Prakash Rao Payar (Dwani Pratistana), Aruna Muthagadoor, Sadan Das (Kannada Koota U.A.E.), Murugesh Gajare(Basava), Ganesh Prasad (Kodagu Dakshina Kannada Gowda Association), Ashok Belman (Gulf Kannadiga), Prashant (Mangalore Media) and many other attended the blood donation camp.

    The President of Ganiga Samaja Mr. Satish Venkataramanna and the organizing committee thanked all the participants of the first blood camp organized by them and were very grateful for all the donors.

    On behalf of Ganiga Samaja, all donors who took part in this camp were gifted with Letter of Appreciation, T-Shirt, Pen and also Juice and Snacks were distributed by Chilly-Willy owner Mr. Satish Venkataramanna.

    On the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan, by organizing the first blood camp the Ganiga Samaja, Dubai (U.A.E) joined the elite group of various organizations of U.A.E who too conducted the blood camp and were lifted the value of a holy deed. This deed was greatly witnessed and endorsed by Government of U.A.E

    source: http://www.bellevision.com / Bellevision Media News Network / by Ganesh Rai / Pics by Ashok Belman / Dubai, August 12th, 2012

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