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    August 31st, 2015adminSports

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    Mysuru :

    The Regional Director, Sports Authority of India (SAI), Southern Centre, M. Shyam Sunder, visited Ashwini’s Sports Foundation (ASF) at the Karumbiah’s Academy for Learning and Sports (KALS) at Gonikoppa in Kodagu recently.

    Accompanied by other SAI officials, he inspected the Ashwini’s Sports Foundation facility and the synthetic athletic track work which is in progress.

    Shyam Sunder expressed happiness over the excellent sports and academic infrastructure and said the ASF environment was an ideal place for national campers to undergo training.

    The campus was professionally planned and conveniently located, Shyam Sunder said and appreciated the efforts of all the coaches and athletes on the occasion, encouraging them to enhance performance by using the services of SAI. The SAI and the ASF had partnered with each other for the benefit of sport and community at large, he said, according to a press release from KALS Principal Gouramma Nanjappa.

    About ASF: Ashwini’s Sports Foundation (ASF), founded in 2010 by Ashwini Nachappa, one of India’s best known sprinters, is based in Kodagu and shares a 25-acre campus with KALS, a school that she and her husband run. An Asian Games medallist and having represented India at the 1984 Olympics, Ashwini realised the dire need to create a system that will nurture potential athletes consistently. ASF is focussing not just on athletics but also on hockey, once considered India’s national sport.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / August 31st, 2015

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    The world has a dark fascination about war and particularly the Second World War. The last of the war action may have ended in 1945, but our imagination never seems to stop wondering about the large scale hostilities and the repercussions that wars have come to represent.

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    Every new book or movie about the Second World War opens us to some aspect of that war not known to people.

    Raghu Karnad’s book, Farthest Field – An Indian Story of the Second World War, is what the title suggests and much more. It not only takes us through a journey of three men lost to war, but talks about India’s role in the Second World War and throws in snatches from the country’s nationalist movement that ran concurrently with the war.

    Death, we have often believed, has an element of finality. But Karnad says people have two deaths. The first death occurs when they die, and the second when all those who remember them also die. Beautifully put.

    The second death is the farthest field from which no one returns, says Karnad, and so the name of his book.

    But war, says Karnad, brings the two deaths close, because it “chooses young people most deliberately to die”. A life barely lived, most of these young people lost in wars often end up as photographs.

    And it was photographs of three young men that stood on table tops in his grandmother’s house that prompted him to prise open a history unknown not only to him, but to a whole generation of Indians.

    These youngsters who stood in the photographs — Bobby Mugaseth, Manek Dadabhoy and Ganny or Kodandera Ganapathy — had their lives intertwined with each other through marriage and through their involvement in World War II. Bobby’s sisters had married Ganny and Manek. Ganny was Karnad’s maternal grandfather, while Manek and Bobby his grand-uncles (his mother’s uncles). Bobby’s sister Nugs (the author’s grandmother) was married to Ganny.

    The book opens in Calicut, at the residence of Mugaseths, and follows the personal stories of these three men, a story recreated by the author with the help of research, conversations, chronicles and his own creative mind’s eye.

    In the process of recreating the story that started unfolding 80 years ago, Karnad also had to understand the role of Indian Army in the Second World War and the country’s own nationalist movement that was playing out at the same time.

    India’s broader role in the Second World War is that it had the largest volunteer army fighting the war for the British Empire. As per Karnad’s estimates, more than two million men and women served in it.

    “As a part of the British Empire, India had won its war. Then, ceasing to be a part of the Empire, it won its independence,” says Karnad in his book. To a large extent, one was born of the other and yet India’s part in the world war is absent from its own history, he says.

    Bobby’s journey took him to Roorkee training camp and then to Iraq and later to the Burmese frontier to defend India against Japanese forces. Bobby’s life was hell during the last few months with death staring at him daily, but he died of a shot from his own revolver. The gun went off in error was the explanation given. The truth was that nobody would know what caused that death. That was 1944.

    By the time Bobby was gone, his brothers-in-law Manek and Ganny were already lost to war. Manek joined the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot and died in 1943 when he crashed into a mountainside in Manipur. Ganny became an army doctor in North-West Frontier and died in 1942 of bronchitis, at the frontier. “The farthest field is not just a conceit about Bobby’s death but one that applies to all those Indians who were lost to the Second World War,” says Karnad in his afterword to the book.

    Undoubtedly, Farthest Field opens up India’s forgotten role in the Second World War and at the same time helps the reader to refurbish memories about the war itself and the events unfolding at home in the country that led to its independence from Britain. The author’s brilliance is evident in the fact that the reader is not only transported to that era, but helps to stay connected with the book until the end.

    Delving into the effortless storytelling ability of the book, one can fathom the kind of work the author has put in to bring out this book, probably prompting readers to say that Karnad is a writer to watch out for in the years to come.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Sunday Herald Books / by Latha Venkatraman / August 30th, 2015

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    Bengaluru’s swish set got to check out interesting fashion over canapes and special concoctions at a cocktail party organized by Jyotiee Balani, beverage enthusiast and food writer co-hosted by Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway at their lounge Durbar.

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    Spotted at the event were actresses Shubra Aiyappa and Tina Ponnappa, along with some of the party regulars.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Entertainment> Kannada / TNN / August 03rd, 2015

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    Kushalnagar, which is popularly known as the commercial centre of Kodagu district, has many historical monuments which are in a deplorable condition and crying for attention.

    One such structure is the Praserpett Bridge built across River Cauvery, 167 years ago. The bridge, situated near the Kushalnagar Tollgate is 200 metre long and rests upon eight stone pillars of 40 feet wide each. Every pillar is 30 feet far from each other. The specialty of the pillars is that they have been plastered with a ground mixture of sand, eggshell and lime. The pillars from the ground level, are built in the shape of towers.

    Every pillar contains valves so as to release the excess water during floods. When River Cauvery is in full spate, people drop by to watch the splendorous scene at the bridge.

    The protective walls built on either side of the bridge are built to resemble the constructions in palaces and are intact to this day. The bridge dates back to the regime of Madras Presidency. The then Superintendent of Kodagu W C Hanslow, laid the foundation for the bridge on January 1, 1846. The construction of the bridge was completed in 1848.

    The then Madras Governor George Markawis of Twidel and the then Mysore Commissioner Major General Mark Cubbon left the bridge open for public on May 12, 1848. The name of the bridge has been inscribed in English as well as Kannada on marble stone slabs, on either sides of the bridge.

    But, after the new bridge was built, the old Praserpett Bridge was completely neglected.

    Peepul trees have grown on the protective wall and pillars of the bridge. The people have urged to protect the historical monuments such as Praserpett bridge, Tippu’s Fort and the Old Inspection Bunglow.

    Bar Association, Kushalnagar, president R K Nagendrababu urged that the Archeological Dept take an initiative and protect the bridge.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Khushalnagar – DHNS, August 25th, 2015

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    Madikeri :

    They have worked in the tea gardens of Assam but in Madikeri they are tending the Coffee plants. Labourers from Assam working in coffee plantations in Kodagu have become a common sight since the past two years.

    It is in south Kodagu that more number of Assamese labourers find work in houses and estates.

    A few days ago, nearly 200 people arrived from Assam and were divided in teams to meet the demands of the local agents.

    According to the labour department officials, there are seven labour camps in and around Kodagu where these people stay.

    A few big planters will host some of the Assamese labourers in their own camps in the estates.

    In Kodagu, over the years, shortage of labourers have been very severe and existing workers have been demanding more salary and benefits. In 2011, the acute shortage of labour and the high demands of local labourers had put the planters in a spot.

    Earlier, the planters were getting labourers from Sullia in Dakshina Kannada and Arasikere in Hassan district, but the Assamese labour comes much cheaper than the usual lot, the officials added.

    A labour contractor from Dakshina Kannada, Rajappa Gowda, who takes labourers from Sullia and Puttur every week, says Kodagu has a heavy demand for labourers.

    Many escape the labour work in the estates and get into more cozier jobs as servants at home-stays.

    But the migrants tend to stay for longer as they get all the benefits, from schooling for their children and higher social security.

    Former vice-chairman of Coffee Board of India, Bose Mandanna, told Express that though Assamese workers do not know the scientific work of coffee cultivation, those who settle here learn how to spray, borer tracing and other works. Since all migrants show records like BPL cards, voter IDs and other records, it is the responsibility of the officials to trace fake cards, he says.

    However, according to Codava National Council president N U Nachappa, these workers are all Bangaldeshis possessing fake documents. He recalled the protests held early this year urging officials to verify the labourers’ antecedents.

    A coffee planter from Gonikoppa told Express, “Since we are getting Assamese labour, demand for more salary from workers who come from far away places cease.”

    Another planter from Suntikoppa in Somwarpet taluk said many estates would run into trouble if the Assamese labour did not flow into Kodagu.

    The police department have asked all coffee growers to check the documents and collect photos of workers and their family members and submit copies to them without fail.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Express News Service / August 24th, 2015

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    Madikeri :

    The rain deficit in Kodagu, the origin of Cauvery river, has become a major cause of worry for the farmers here.

    As far as the monsoon is concerned, the rainfall seems to be following an erratic pattern.

    Heavy rain lashed the district in the beginning of the monsoon causing havoc. Later, it slowed down causing a drought-like situation.

    Generally, in the 90-day monsoon season, the rainfall was sufficient for farmers as it was enough to fill the Harangi reservoir. But this year, the situation is different.

    Though Harangi is full, Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir is yet to be filled as the crest gates in Harangi were opened only once.

    Kodagu district received 60 cm of rain in the first 10 days of the monsoon causing floods.

    In July and August, rainfall was deficient by 70 and 60 per cent respectively.

    Cloud seeding was taken up in Kodagu six years ago, but it was not conducive with the weather here.

    According to figures available with Express, the average expected rainfall in January was 5 mm, but the district received 0.3 mm; February – 3.2 mm (5.6 mm expected); March – 37.4 mm (14.7 mm); April – 133.4 mm (73.5 mm); May – 191.4 mm (146 mm); June – 804 mm (486 mm); July – 366 mm (938 mm) and till August 20 – 164 mm (250 mm).

    This erratic rainfall seriously impacted the water requirements of paddy, coffee and pepper crops.

    The total average rainfall from January to August should have been 2,100 mm, but Kodagu has recorded 1,710 mm. The district is facing a deficit of 300 mm rainfall.

    A minimum of 600 mm rain is required on a weekly basis to fill the reservoirs in Kodagu.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by B C Dinesh / August 24th, 2015

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    August 31st, 2015adminBusiness & Economy

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    Tourism Department Assistant Director V Phanish has said that there is a need for better facilities at tourist spots all over the district.

    “About 30 lakh tourists visit Kodagu district every year and business transactions of Rs 700 crore take place in the district due to tourism related activities. With the completion of work on the Kannur international airport, the inflow of tourists to the district is only expected to increase,” he said.

    The official was speaking after inaugurating the Kodagu District Tourist Vehicle Owners’ and Drivers’ Association.

    Listing out the tourism-related work carried out in Kodagu, Phanish said, “In the last two years, works worth Rs 12.29 crore have been taken up in the district to support tourism. A proposal of Rs 5.19 crore has been submitted to develop the road leading to Mallalli waterfalls in Somwarpet. The work on the concrete road worth Rs 3.19 crore has also been taken up. A sum of Rs 40 lakh has been released to provide basic facilities at Mallalli waterfalls. In addition, Rs 60 lakh has been released to develop the road leading to Makkala Gudi Betta at Kiragandoor, while Rs 1.53 crore has been released to develop Kodava Heritage to introduce culture and tradition of the Kodagu people.”

    Development work on the road and footpath on the Abbey Falls stretch will be taken up at a cost of Rs 20. Senior Motor Vehicle Inspector B S Rajashekar said that an insurance scheme for drivers of private commercial vehicles has been launched by the government.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, August 23rd, 2015

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    August 28th, 2015adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News

    Varanasi :

    The week-long international trade fair organised in the heart of the city at Beniabagh is all about ‘Make in India’ offering a variety of products ranging from handloom to handicrafts and others from different state pavilions. But the main attraction of the event was the exclusive stall put up by the Coffee Board of Government of India offering the taste of palatable Indian coffee varieties.

    Intrigued buyers were seen congregating at the coffee stall, seeking details of preparation of filtered south Indian coffee from the staff and also savouring a cuppa of ‘filtered’ coffee. Some were even seen grabbing free samples available at the stall.

    “Several local buyers thronged the trade fair and ensured to give us a visit and inquire about the specialty of coffee, its distinct method of preparation and how it sets itself apart from the packaged coffee of various brands,” assistant secretary of Indian Coffee House, South Black, Coffee Board of India, HM Nagraj told TOI on Saturday. “We are aware that Indian coffee is not as much popular in Northern India, hence our main purpose is to promote the Indian filtered coffee among North Indians,” he added.

    Explaining about the kinds of coffee and the method of preparation, Nagraj said, “There are two kinds of coffee beans, arabica and robusta, grown in hills of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The coffee beans processed after curing works are available in various grades and the method of preparation is simple and one-of-its-kind.” The coffee is brewed in two cylindrical cups of a metal device, one of which that rests at the vertex is loaded with freshly ground coffee with small outlets at the bottom to filter the brewed coffee. Boiling water is then added to grounded coffee and after compression, the decoction is mixed with sugar and boiling milk, he explained.

    At this stall the Indian coffee packets are available in 100g, 200g and 500g and are priced at Rs 400 per kg. “Our stall has become more of an eye-catcher at the fair and we are getting suggestions from the buyers and visitors to open an outlet here in the city,” said Nagraj.

    Suyash Bajpayee, a visitor at the stall said, “The coffee tantalized my taste buds and I am glad to have visited the stall where I got to learn so much about the varieties of Indian coffee beans.” Another visitor Abhishek Mishra said, “This coffee is a perfect example of the ‘Taste in India’, ‘Made in India’.” A local resident, Brihaspati Bhattacharya, was pleased by the hospitality at the stall and thanked the staff for giving detailed information about coffee.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Varanasi / by Punkhuri Kapoor, TNN / August 23rd, 2015

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    August 28th, 2015adminBusiness & Economy

    Kodagu Zilla Panchayat is all set to begin “Namma Yojane, Namma Chinthane” (Our projects, our thoughts) programme on All India Radio (Akashvani) to create awareness among people about the development schemes of the government as well as to get feedback from them.

    Addressing mediapersons here on Saturday, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer M Koorma Rao said that it has been thought to get public feedback about Swacch Bharath campaign, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), housing projects, Rajiv Gandhi Chaitanya Yojana, collection of revenue in Gram Panchayats and few other issues.

    Public opinion would be collected through Akashvani on Swacch Bharath campaign on August 26, about MGNREGA on August 27, housing projects (August 28), self-employment and Rajiv Gandhi Chaitanya Yojana (Aug 31), revenue collection in GPs (September 1) and on Panchayat Raj Act and Gram Sabha on September 2, she added.

    Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary Vishwanath Poojary, Chief Project Officer Takat Rao, Chief Project Officer Takat Rao and Project Director Narendra Hittalamakki were present.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, August 23rd, 2015

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    The Coffee Board Pensioners Association, Bengaluru, has organised a meeting of the Coffee Board pensioners residing in Mysuru and Kodagu districts here on August 15, on the premises of the Coffee Board Biotechnology Centre, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan road, Manasagangothri, here.

    All the members of the association have been asked to attend the meeting.

    Those who have not yet become members of the association could also attend the meeting and enrol as members of the association.

    For further details, contact C.S. Srinivasan on 9886319648.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / Mysuru – August 12th, 2015

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