Kodagu First a Celebration. Positive News, Facts & Achievements about Kodagu, Coorgs and the People of Kodagu – here at Home and Overseas
  • scissors
    July 31st, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    MLC M C Nanaiah has demanded the district administration and the government to hand over the complete operation of river rafting in Cauvery river at Dubare to the government owned Jungle Lodges.


    In the letters written to Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari and State government Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee, he has requested to stop the dangerous rafting and harassment of tourists in Dubare. Permission has been granted by the forest department, tourism department and port and inland department to operate six boats for rafting purpose in Dubare. However, over 30 boats are operating here illegally.

    “I have visited the place twice and have witnessed the illegal river rafting taking place in Cauvery river in Dubare. The permission given to private firms for operating this dangerous and adventurous sports has to be withdrawn immediately and hand over the operation to government owned Jungle Lodges for the safety of tourists,” he has said.

    Further, he has mentioned that there is an unhealthy competition between the private water sports operators. Lack of safety equipment is another cause of concern.

    Thus it will be a good decision to hand over the responsibility to Jungle Lodges, Nanaiah has said.

    He has requested the DC to take a decision after discussing with the secretaries of the forest and tourism department.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri, DHNS – July 30th, 2014

  • scissors

    Several waterfalls have come alive, attracting scores of tourists



    The monsoon may not have reached its peak in the State. But, they have intensified in some places, while disappointing farmers in other places. Showers have been heavy, especially in the coastal and Western Ghats belts of the State.


    Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari has banned the entry of tourist vehicles on the Bhagamandala-Talacauvery road for 15 to 20 days.

    This is a precautionary measures as cracks have developed on the boulders of a hillock on the roadside. On Monday, the deputy commissioner visited the spot where boulders had caved in on the road.

    He said as the Talacauvery area is receiving heavy rainfall, there are possibilities of flood. The boulders beside the road have developed cracks. Thus, officials of the PWD and Mines and Geology department had been directed to submit a report on the safety of the road, Tewari said. Only light vehicles will be allowed on the road.

    A boat has been arranged to ferry people in Bhagamandala to safer areas. It will be better if tourists do not come to Bhagamandala-Talacauvery during rainy season, Tewari said. In the meantime, rain receded in Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Napoklu, Kushalnagar and Somwarpet. Balele, Nittur and Srimangala received good rainfall.

    Two persons suffered injuries when a branch of a tree fell on them at Arameri in Virajpet. Bhagamandala received 13.7 cm rainfall. The water level in Harangi
    reservoir stood at 2,841.66 feet. The inflow of water was 8,359 cusecs.


    Though several parts of the district continued to receive moderate to heavy rain on Monday, the intensity was less.

    The Malnad taluks of Teerthahalli, Sagar, Hosanagar received moderate to heavy rain. In the last 48 hours, Agumbe received the highest rainfall of 283 mm, followed by Yadur (Hosanagar taluk) 240 mm, Hulikal 205 mm, Chakra 227 mm, Savehaklu 190 mm, Teerthahalli 145.2 mm and Sagar 85.4 mm.

    Following the heavy rain in Teerthahalli, the Mandagadde bird sanctuary was submerged. The nests of birds were washed away in rain. The mantap near the Korpalaiah convention hall on the banks of River Tunga in Shimoga city was submerged, following the release of water from Tunga dam.

    Water levels in various reservoirs across the district witnessed a drastic rise following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. The level in Linganamakki reservoir rose to 1,754.50 against the maximum level of 1,819 feet. The inflow of water was 38,183 cusecs and the outflow 175 cusecs.

    The water level in Bhadra dam rose to 144 feet against the maximum level of 186 feet. The inflow was 24,854 cusecs and the outflow 120 cusecs. The level in Tunga dam rose to 588.21 metres against the maximum level of 588.24 metres. The inflow of water was 68,000 cusecs. As many as 48,000 cusecs of water was released from 19 out of the 22 crest gates.

    Dakshina Kannada

    Heavy rain that lashed Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday receded on Monday. However, intermittent rain continued to lash the district. The sky remained overcast the whole day.

    In the last 24 hours, Bantwal received 135 mm, followed by Belthangady—114.6 mm, Moodbidri—104.2 mm, Sullia—98.2 mm and Puttur—72 mm. The water level has receded in Kumaradhara river.

    Three houses were partially damaged when a hillock caved in on them at Shantigudde near Jokatte in Mangalore taluk.

    The road leading to Athoor Mahaganapathy temple at Pakshikere in Mulki was inundated, following heavy rain on Sunday night.


    The district recorded an average of 104.1 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Karkala taluk received 134.4 mm, Kundapur taluk 106.6 mm and Udupi 71.3 mm.

    Following gusty winds, a house at Nejar in Mooduthonse village of Udupi was damaged. Another house was partially damaged in Karkala taluk. A tree was uprooted on the Hebri-Karkala road, disrupting the movement of vehicles for a few hours. River Sita is in spate.


    Rain has receded in NR Pura, Chikmagalur, Tarikere and Birur. However, rains continued to lash Kottigehara, Javali, Gonibeedu, Kalasa, Kigga and Sringeri. Kerekatte received the highest of 195.4 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.


    The Malaprabha, Mahadayi and Pandari rivers are in spate following heavy rains in the Western Ghats region of Khanapur taluk in the district. The Gawwali, Kongala and Pastoli villages of Nerasa Gram Panchayat have been cut off and have formed an island as the Mahadayi river and the Bandora canal are overflowing.

    Power supply was disrupted in the Shiroli Gram Panchayat as several trees and electricity poles were uprooted, snapping power lines. Overflowing ponds have hit movement of vehicles on the roads.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> State / Bangalore, DHNS – July 14th, 2014

  • scissors


    Vikarmkant will lead the 19-member men`s Karnataka hockey squad for the third Senior National Championship to be held at Pune from May 28 to June 10.

    S K Uthappa, adjudged the best player in 2011 Senior Nationals in Bhopal where Karnataka had finished runners-up, will be the vice-captain of the state side.

    The team is being coached by 1994 World Cupper K K Poonacha.

    Karnataka is grouped in Pool C along with Services, SAI, Bihar and Goa. They will play their first match against Goa on June 3.

    As many as 37 participating teams have been divided into eight pools and toppers of each pool will make it to the quarter finals. Pune had previously hosted the inaugural Hockey India Junior Men`s Nationals in 2011.

    The championship will be telecast live on DD from the quarter final stage.

    Pool A: Hockey Punjab, Hockey Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Arunachal.

    Pool B: Air India Sports Promotion Board, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Hockey Puducherry, Tripura Hockey, Chhattisgarh Hockey.

    Pool C: Hockey Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Hockey Bihar, Goans Hockey, Sports Authority of India.

    Pool D: Hockey Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Andaman and Nicobar, Mumbai Hockey Association.

    Pool E: Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Himachal Pradesh, Bengal Hockey Association, Comptroller and Auditor General.

    Pool F: Railway Sports Promotion Board, Hockey Bhopal,

    Sashastra Seema Bal, Hockey Jammu and Kashmir, Namdhari XI.

    Pool G: Manipur Hockey, Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Hockey Uttarakhand, Hockey Kerala.

    Pool H: Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh Olympic Association, Hockey Assam, Hockey Rajasthan.

    Karnataka squad: Jagdeep Dayal, K D Bidappa, S K Appachu, B P Chingappa, S M Rafeeq, Vikramkant (captain), C K Somanna, M B Aiyappa, S K Uthappa (vice captain), M G Poonacha, M K Muddappa, Mohan Muthanna, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Bipin Bopaiah, K B Thammaiah, P L Thimmanna, K M Somanna, P V Pramod and C U Bopanna.

    Coach: K K Poonacha

    Manager: Rickey Ganapathy

    Physio and Trainer: Sampath Kumar.


    source: http://www.zeenews.india.com / Z News / Home> Sports> Others / Thursday – May 30th, 2013

  • scissors

    Hockey India made sweeping changes in the national selection committee, bringing in many young faces.

    The nine-member selection committee will be headed by Olympian BP Govinda.

    Former India captain Arjun Halappa is in the committee

    Former India captain Arjun Halappa is in the committee

    The new committee was decided at the HI Executive Board meeting recently and will come into effect from July 1.

    It will have one-year tenure.

    It includes former men’s team captains Gagan Ajit Singh and Arjun Halappa, besides women’s team skippers Savitri Purty, Mamta Kharab, Surinder Kaur and Saba Anjum, who is youngest member in the committee at 27.

    The other two members in the panel are Olympian Syed Ali (1976 Olympics) and former international player RP Singh (World Cup in 1986 & 1990).

    “The Selection Committee will work jointly with the High Performance and Development Committee to identify fresh talent in the country. The High Performance committee is a step forward in bringing uniformity in the development of the sport across the country.”

    HI secretary general Narinder Batra said they have selected youngsters because they know the modern day hockey.

    “The committee has been selected keeping in mind the present day environment. They know what it needs today to take Indian hockey forward,” he said.

    “Besides we have people like BP Govinda and Harbinder Singh who is the government advisor in the committee. It is a fine mix of youth and experience,” he added.

    source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk / Mail Online India / Home> India / by Mail Today Reporter / June 01st, 2013

  • scissors
    Ajai Appachu, Nadia Haridass, Fouad Mirza and Silva Storai

    Ajai Appachu, Nadia Haridass, Fouad Mirza and Silva Storai

    Bangalore :

    Three of Karnataka’s excellent show jumpers from Embassy International Riding School, Bangalore, will make their way to Incheon, Korea for the 17th Asian Games to be held from September 19 to October 4.

    Ajai Appachu and Nadia Haridass will represent the country for the second time in the Asian Games, while Fouad Mirza will make his debut. In 2010, Ajai was selected for Asian Games, but did not make it due to technical issues.

    Equestrian has featured in the Asian Games ever since it was first staged in New Delhi in 1982. To date, Japan leads in the number of accolades collected at the Asian Games followed by South Korea and India.

    Appachu, Mirza and Haridass train at Bangalore’s premier horse riding school, Embassy International Riding School (EIRS). They have meticulously trained under reputed instructors.

    Appachu has earned several accolades at events across the world. Recently, he stood second at the renowned Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup in Scotland.

    At 22, Mirza has performed splendidly, having won over 50 regional and international championship medals. He stood fourth at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup.

    Nadia, a dressage specialist, has been a consistent performer in the category and has gained recognition in equestrian circles by winning many laurels and representing the country at both national and international platforms.

    “I think we stand a good chance of winning in South Korea as we have the best horses. In the run-up to the Asian Games, we have been training hard in Europe and also participating in tough competitions,” said Appachu. Nadia, who trains under Olympian Hubertus Schmidt in Dusseldorf, Germany, said: “Competing against the world’s best riders in the qualifying rounds of Asian Games has infused confidence in me ahead of the big event. Qatar has spent a huge amount of money to prepare for the race and they can be tough opponents.”

    “I am optimistic about winning a medal in the team event. Overall, the championship will be tough as Korea, Japan and Qatar have invested heavily on buying a good breed of horses,” said Oxfordshire-based Fouad.

    “Nowadays, more parents want their children to pursue the sport and I hope we have some good performances at Asian Games,” said EIRS director Silva Storai, who was a professional rider herself, not too long ago.

    source: http://www.thenewindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by S.S. Shreekumar / July 29th, 2014

  • scissors

    Lessons only a mother can teach
    The understanding of our existence is a lifelong quest on a path strewn with flowers and thorns. Urbanisation and materialism have seen many of us lose our moral compass. My mother taught us to stay connected to those around us and Nature even as we travelled far and wide.
    Raj Chengappa

    RajChengappaKF31jul2014My mother went gently into the long night last week. She had lived a full life of 85 years. We had known that the end was near for the past couple of months. She herself had wanted to go ever since she had lost her life’s companion, my father, a decade ago but her spirit and body would not give up. She had prided herself that she had never visited a hospital for treatment and she was determined not to do so in her twilight years. We respected that, and though her last couple of months were tough as her body wilted, she coped with it in the familiar surroundings of her children’s houses.

    When I got the call just before midnight from my sister, whom my mother had been staying with in Bangalore, the finality of her passing away hit me. As I prepared to take the flight to Bangalore from Chandigarh, the memories sped by in staccato frames with no particular narrative or continuity. There was a feeling of immense gratitude and love for someone who along with my father had ensured that each of her four children was sufficiently equipped to face life’s struggles and had the freedom to pursue their dreams.

    Uppermost among them was the fact that she opted to say alone in Bangalore for five years when my father, who was in the Army, was posted in Kashmir, so that we would get the best of education. All of us were below eight years of age and she would bundle us every day to school, our uniforms starched and ironed and tiffin boxes packed. On our return, a hot snack would be waiting for us. She made sure we had our baths in the evening and prayed before going to bed. It was only when I became a parent I truly appreciated the effort.

    Her village nestled among the verdant Coorg hills gave her the love for her roots and Nature.

    Her village nestled among the verdant Coorg hills gave her the love for her roots and Nature.

    As I got on in life, my mother’s primary question till the very last was, “How is your health — hope you are taking care of yourself?” She rarely asked me questions as to how successful I was in terms of my career, how much money I had saved or what kind of house I was living in. She only wanted to know if I was maintaining my health. The old saying ‘health was wealth’ still held good for her.

    Perhaps an equally important lesson she taught us was never to forget our roots or humble beginnings. Though educated in Bangalore and Delhi and having lived in Jammu, Ferozepur (where I was born) Kolkata, Deolali, Hyderabad and Nellore, my mother never ever forgot the village in Kodagu (Coorg) where she lived in the formative years of her life.

    When my maternal grandfather was alive, she ensured that we spent many holidays in her village. To reach her ancestral house we had to walk over 5 km from the bus stop, past hills clad in thick forest, valleys with verdant paddy fields and the swift flowing Cauvery river that originated not far from her village.

    It taught us to love nature and understand how most of India lived then and many do even today — no roads, tap water, toilets or electricity. We learnt to wake up to the call of the rooster in the morning, to milk the cows, help plough the fields, call cattle back from the meadows in the evening and read under oil lamps or listen to grandpa’s experiences.

    My mother’s last wish was that part of her ashes be strewn in the Cauvery river flowing near her house, a part buried near the house where her parents’ ashes were interred and the remaining buried next to those of my father in the fields in his village some 30 km away.

    Heavy monsoon rain lashed Kodagu when we took the urns carrying her mortal remains. We were warned that the river was in spate and the roads leading to her village were inundated. But Mother Nature obliged and the rain abated just enough for us to fulfil her last wish of being forever back among the people and place she loved the most.

    Her final journey was a lesson too. The search for our roots and the understanding of our existence is a lifelong quest on a path strewn with flowers and thorns. Rapid urbanisation has seen many of us lose our moorings and moral compass. The pursuit of materialism as an end itself has only made emptiness and disquiet grow.

    My mother taught us the importance of staying connected to nature, family, friends and those who worked or lived around you. Never to forget your roots even as your body and mind took you far and wide. So that when the bell tolled, Nature would welcome you with open arms and to limitless warmth, as it did her.


    source: http://www.tribuneindia.com / The Tribune Online edition / Sunday, July 27th, 2014

  • scissors

    Ajai Appachu, Fouaad Mirza and Nadia Haridass, three of Karnataka’s senior show jumpers, would take part in the equestrian event of the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

    Appachu, Mirza and Haridass train in Bangalore’s Embassy International Riding School (EIRS) and have qualified through five trials, qualifiers and competitions which were held from October last year to April this year, said a media release today.

    There were five jury members involved in making the selections for each of the competition’s disciplines – jumping, dressage and eventing.

    Appachu has earned several equestrian accolades at events world-wide and recently placed second at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup in Scotland and is also the chief instructor for budding equestrians at the school.

    Mirza, 22, placed fourth at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup earlier this year while Nadia has been a consistent performer in the dressage category – representing the country at international meets, the release said.

    The equestrian sport has been featured in the pan-Asian sports spectacle since the New Delhi Games in 1982 and to date, Japan leads the honours list, followed by South Korea and India in that order.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / Press Trust of India / Mumbai – July 24th, 2014

  • scissors
    Chayaa nanjappa National Best Entrepreneur Award From the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of India was presented toher in Hyderabad on Monday. |EPS

    Chayaa nanjappa National Best Entrepreneur Award From the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of India was presented toher in Hyderabad on Monday. |EPS

    Bangalore :

    From Srirangapatna to Europe, it has been a long and difficult journey for 42-year-old Chayaa Nanjappa. But she has battled the odds and today heads a rural enterprise which produces high-quality honey that sweetens many a home even in Europe and the United States.

    As a reward for her hard work, Chayaa was on Monday awarded this year’s ‘National Best Entrepreneur Award’ in food processing by the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of India.

    Her path to success has not been a smooth one; she had to overcome many an adversity, physical abuse and traumatic relationships. But now, this gentle, self-made woman provides a livelihood for not only many illiterates of Mysore and Mandya districts, but also some tribals across the state. She is also the largest buyer of forest honey from Malayalis and tribes like Siddis and Jenu Kurubas.

    She began her journey by setting up a small unit at Bommanahalli with the help of a `10-lakh loan. She then shifted operations to Nanjangud and later, to Srirangapatna.

    Today her enterprise Nectar Fresh, which produces monofloral honey, has a capacity of 200 tonnes and is worth `6 crore. It is one of the largest bulk suppliers and packers of honey in the country and falls in the top five bulk exporters of raw as well as processed honey. Nectar Fresh also has the ISO 22000:2005 certification.

    Chayaa told Express, “With no work experience or exposure, I started a rural industry in 2007 that could be identified with my hometown, Coorg. After doing a basic course from Central Bee Research and Training Institute (CBRTI), I jumped into the industry completely, sourcing honey from tribes and farmers.” She has 20 mobile apiary vans across the country.

    Going International

    To earn her brand a significant international presence, she decided to market it as a basket of products, including jams and sauces. The result: it found a place in the European market. “I added jams and sauces to my basket by purchasing pulp from sick units run by women in places like Bangalore and Mangalore, and sourcing fruits like papaya and tomato directly from farmers,” she said.

    With exports to Germany and France, Nectar Fresh has broken the monopoly of global companies like Bereenberg, Darbo and Bonne Maman. “We met the stringent standards necessary for approval to export to Germany and made a strong impact by packaging our honey and jam in polypropylene sachets for high quality and shelf life. The European competitors feel threatened by our presence,” said Chayaa, who is now busy tying up with a Saudi Arabian company for the production of jams from dates.

    She credited the Karnataka Village Industries Board (KVIB), CBRTI, the Horticulture Department, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Le Meridien, ITC Foods and a host of others who supported her. “Any small and marginal farmer in Karnataka producing quality honey can contact me. My sole aim is to promote rural products and help women in distress by providing employment opportunities,” she said.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Meera Bhardwaj / July 31st, 2014

  • scissors
    July 30th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    Ace India shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa has teamed up with PETA India for a brand-new ad campaign that shows her relaxing with rescued dog ‘Shifu’ next to her racket with the caption reading, “Love All. Adopt a Dog or Cat From an Animal Shelter!”

    Just before heading to the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Ashwini took time out of her busy schedule to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for this brand-new ad that encourages her fans to open up their homes to a homeless cat or dog.

    “Stray dogs don’t have anywhere to go, and they’re chased a lot by people. They’re beaten up. They also get run over by cars,” she says.

    “Instead of buying a dog, please go and adopt stray dogs and cats who need a home. And it will help them out and help you out, because you will have a companion at home.”

    The ad was shot by ace photographer Sam Mohan, while Ashwini’s hair and make-up was done by Ralph Daniels.

    “Pedigree” cats and dogs, who have been bred for certain exaggerated physical traits such as squashed-in noses and long ears, are more susceptible to developing medical problems, including cancer, kidney disease, joint ailments, hip dysplasia, heart defects, epilepsy and eye and ear infections.

    Ponnappa won the gold medal in women’s doubles in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also won the bronze medal in the women’s doubles competition in the 2011 BWF World Championships.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / Press Trust of India / Mumbai – July 27th, 2014

  • scissors

    The work on a temporary project to supply water from Kundamestri is nearing completion. The water from Kundamestri is likely to be supplied to the citizens of Madikeri by the week end.

    Sand bunds have been laid to store water. The collected water will be supplied to Kootuhole through pipes. After filtering the water at a Filter house at Stuart Hill, water will be supplied to the citizens.

    Madikeri reels under water crisis every year during summer. The work on Kundamestri project was initiated to mitigate water crisis.

    However, owing to delay in release of funds, the work could not be completed. Now the estimated cost of the project has been escalated.

    The Kundamestri project is being implemented by Karnataka Water Supply and Sewage Board. It will take another one year to complete the work.

    Board Executive Engineer Balachandra has expressed confidence of completing the work. The project has been taken up keeping in mind the development of Madikeri in the next 50 years.

    When the water level declines in Kootuhole, water will be supplied from Kundamestri to Kootuhole.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Srikanth Kallammanavar / Madikeri – DHNS, July 26th, 2014

  • « Older Entries

WELCOME. If you like what you see "SUBSCRIBE via EMAIL" to receive FREE regular UPDATES.      Read More »