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    Will make all sincere efforts to solve problems: Chummi Devaiah

    Newly appointed Madikeri Urban Development Authority (MUDA) president Chummi Devaiah said all efforts will be made to take up development works for the promotion of tourism by retaining the green zone. Speaking to reporters after taking charge as the president of the here on Monday, he said, “I have experience in the City Municipal Council as its member for the last 20 years.I have knowledge on the problems faced by the people in Madikeri. All sincere efforts will be made to solve the problems.”

    Madikeri is considered as ‘Kashmir of Karnataka.’ Of late, nature is being destroyed in the name of development in the recent past in the district. The tourists will visit Madikeri only if the greenery is conserved. The tourists will not come to see concrete jungle in the district. All efforts will be made to retain the green zone, he added.

    Building violation
    He said there are complaints on buildings that have contravened building laws as far as underground parking space is concerned. The previous deputy commissioner Anurag Tewari had prepared a list of buildings that had violated the law on parking space. Buildings are constructed without land conversion at several places in MUDA jurisdiction. There is a need to check such violations. Even fields are converted to layouts. If such developments takes place unchecked, then the district will face acute shortage of water, Devaiah warned.

    Lake rejuvenation, sites
    He said MUDA has a Rs 10-lakh fund for rejuvenation of lakes in city limits and the work desiltation work will be taken up at the earliest. He said the previous MUDA president had taken measures to provide sites for poor by creating new layouts. This will be continued, he said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, January 31st, 2017

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    Mumbai :

    “At this moment and time, our mandate is very clear – to build the live industry in India, for which you need to have real ticketed events.”


    Standing true to his words, Viacom18′ Integrated Network Solution (INS) and consumer products business head Saugato Bhowmik is focused on building the industry in the live entertainment business for Viacom 18 through ticketed events. Of the five IPs under Live Viacom18 banner, the gigantic music event VH1 Supersonic is all set to take Pune by storm by taking the viewers to a fantasy world. Transforming into a multi-genre international music festival with this edition after a successful run in the past three years, the mega event claims to have doubled its sponsorship value since it’s launch.

    With Gionee as the title sponsor, the festival is powered by Budweiser and has locked deals with as many as 18 other sponsors from various sectors such as — Fastrack, Mexitos, Ajio.com, Reliance Digital, Bisleri, Spraymint, Dot Shot, etc, several hopping on board for the first time. If media punters in the events space are to be believed, the three-day festival has managed to get approximately Rs. 12-15 crore from their sponsorship deals.

    “VH1 Supersonic has nearly doubled its sponsorship value since the previous editions by partnering with brands from diverse sectors on the back of tremendous success in the past editions and a transformed genre line-up. We have got the highest number of partners for this edition. Apart from the several partners that we have already on board, more sponsors are always welcome,” said Bhowmik.

    The network has signed a long-term partnership with all the brands on board. According to Bhowmik, only in the long run can a true brand’s value be maximised and leveraged for the people to associate the festival with the partners’ brand value and vice-versa.

    In its fourth year, the music festival has adopted a unique approach to promote its brands across platforms. Going beyond the conventional route of sponsorship, the festival is in the process of creating customised branded content for its sponsors.

    After movies for two of it’s main sponsors, Gionee and Budweiser, webcasts as well as web-series are in the making. A six-part web series on music hosted by Nikhil Chinappa titled Gionee VJ Hunt and another six-part web series bringing the lives of Supersonic fans on the screens is also in the pipeline. All this, plus some highlights from the festival, will be aired across the network’ bouquet of channels mainly VH1 and it’s OTT platform, Voot.

    The brands associated with the music festival would be able to successfully reach out to 90 million viewers through the campaigns running in their TV channels and Voot, claimed Bhowmik.

    As far as the promotions are concerned, the network is heavily marketing the festival across print and its TV channels. Apart from this, they are heavily leveraging social media platforms. They have also set up over 100 OOH sites across India.

    With the venue moving to Pune from Goa, the festival and its philosophy remains unaltered. “The change in the venue was part of the journey and a transformation for the brands itself. Our philosophy is to provide transformational experience and we, at this venue, can develop a lot of experiences that we have always promised the audience. We want more and more people to experience us at an affordable rate. Our prime audience is the youth and the young professionals. A large part of them is right in the heart of the youth capital ie Pune. It was a very easy decision to make. The vision of the brand was well communicated and everyone was excited about the multi genre festival,” added Bhowmik.

    The promising artist lineup for this year comprises over 50 artistes with three headlining acts. After sending fans into a frenzy with Eric Prydz and going in for an encore with Macklemore, Vh1 Supersonic recently unveiled Zedd as its third headliner.

    In addition to the immaculate lineup, the music festival has unique on ground experiences. The audience can also enjoy a gamut of experiential activities and can lose themselves in numerous hangout zones, filled with fun and adventurous activities, enjoy in a curated beer garden, weave through engaging art installations, shop at flea markets, etc.

    Apart from the wide expanse of three stages- main strange, spectrum stage and Gionee bass stage, the festival has taken on several social initiatives such as women safety, zero drug policy, fire safety, health and sanitation, ets so as to send a resounding message to the young audience. Pune police would be providing security to the event besides private agencies. The venue has been converted into WiFi cloud zone for the audience.

    Going ahead, Live Viacom18 plans to scale up its IPs to lot more. The network has already mapped clear consumer segments and will fill in the gaps in its portfolio. “IP interactions and crafting is a very difficult taste and has to be done in a detailed manner. We are crafting those ideas at the moment. There is no lifeline to the launches as it requires a lot of preparatory work and will take sometime. Without worrying about the timeline, Viacom18 assures to launch many more IPs in the future,” concluded Bhowmik.

    source: http://www.indiantelevision.com / IndianTelevision / Home> Television / by IndianTelevsion.com Team / January 31st, 2017

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    During the 1965 war, his son K C Nanda Cariappa, an Indian Air Force pilot who went on to become Air Marshall, was shot down over Pakistan by Army officer Major Zaidi. He was captured and imprisoned as a PoW by him. On realizing the identity of the wounded soldier at Dargil, Radio Pakistan immediately announced the safe capture of Flt. Lt K C Nanda Cariappa. Gen Ayub Khan, himself contacted Field Marshal Cariappa, who was living a retired life at Mercara, his hometown, with information about his son’s safety. When Gen. Khan offered to release his son immediately, Field Marshal is reported to have scoffed at the idea and told him to give his son no better treatment than any other PoW. “He is my son no longer,” the old soldier is reported to have thundered. “He is the child of this country, a soldier fighting for his motherland like a true patriot. My many thanks for your kind gesture, but I request you to release all or release none. Give him no special treatment,” the Field Marshal is reported to have said.

    As a token of gratitude for the exemplary service rendered by him to the nation, the Government of India conferred the rank of Field Marshal on Cariappa in his 87th year, on 14 January 1986. He is among only two Indian Army officers to hold the highest rank of Field Marshal (the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw).

    Today is the birth anniversary of Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa – the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

    On this occasion, MCC had organised a celebration of the birth anniversary of the Field Marshal. MCC Mayor M J Ravikumar garlanded the statue of K M Cariappa, near Metropole circle, Mysuru. Sweets were distributed to public.

    Bopanna, Chengappa, Aiyappa, members of Kodava samaj, members of MCC participated in the function.

    source: http://www.citytoday.news / City Today / Home> Mysore / CT Bureau / January 28th, 2017

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    The Indian Navy will extend support to Field Marshal K M Cariappa Museum coming up at his residence Sunny Side here, Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA) (Ezhimala) Vice Admiral S V Bhokare said.

    He was speaking at the 118th birth anniversary celebrations of Field Marshal Cariappa organised by district administration, Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy here on Saturday. “Kodagu has given birth to first Indian commander-in-chief K M Cariappa. His service to the country is remembered even to this day,” he recalled. “With dedication and hardwork, one can achieve success. Cariappa is a inspiration for present generation,” he said.

    Recalling an incident, Bhokare said Cariappa’s son K C Nanda Cariappa had crossed the Line of Control once. The then Pakistan General Ayub Khan called Cariappa and informed that all efforts will be made to release Nanda Cariappa. Cariappa said there is no need to give special treatment for his son and asked him to release his son on the day when all others are released. He was a true patriot, he recalled.

    MLA M P Appacchu Ranjan said Cariappa was known for discipline and honesty. The youth should imbibe Cariappa’s qualities to achieve success in life, he observed. Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimmaiah Forum Convener Major (retd) B A Nanjappa said, “While visiting Cariappa’s house, one had to compulsorily have pen, notebook and a kerchief. He would daily offer honour to the portrait of his parents with a sepoy.”

    Forum President Col (retd) K C Subbaiah said, “The district administration has sanctioned land for museum at Sunny Side. The forum will make an effort to enrol students from Kodagu to Sainik School at Koodige.”

    As part of Cariappa’s birth anniversary, various competitions were organised for students. The winners are – Essay—Shafana (I), Deepthi (II), Rishika (III); patriotic song — General Thimmaiah School (I), Ammathi High SChool (II), A V School, Nelyahudikeri (III); marchpast — Government PU College, Madikeri (I), Kodagu Vidyalaya (II) and General Thimmaiah Public School (III); PU category — patriotic song — PU College, Moornadu; marchpast — PU College, Moornadu; Degree college category — patriotic song — FMC College (I), Government First Grade College (II); marchpast—Field Marshal College (I).

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, January 29th, 2017

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    A.G. Aishwarya is a student of St. Joseph’s PU College in Madikeri.

    A.G. Aishwarya is a student of St. Joseph’s PU College in Madikeri.

    It was a moment to savour for senior under officer A.G. Aishwarya of Kodagu as she led the all-girls National Cadet Corps (NCC) contingent at the Republic Day parade held at Rajpath, New Delhi, on Thursday.

    For the student of St. Joseph’s PU College in Madikeri, participating in the parade was a childhood dream inspired by her elder sister Ambika, who was decorated as the ‘Best Cadet’ and honoured at her institution a few years ago.

    Her father Ajjinanda Ganesh, mother Monthi Ganesh and sister were in New Delhi on Thursday to witness the parade and cheer her on. Aishwarya belongs to the 19KAR Battalion and was also part of the Republic Day camp in 2015 as a junior wing cadet. She hopes this is just the beginning of an incredible journey as she is determined to join the Indian Air Force and become a fighter pilot.

    Ms. Ganesh spoke to The Hindu from New Delhi soon after witnessing the parade and said the entire family was proud of Aishwarya. “There are no words to explain how proud we felt at that moment,” she said.

    She recalled that Aishwarya was in class 2 when she witnessed seniors, including her sister, participate in NCC activities. She was also inspired by her uncle Major Nanjappa and other relatives in the armed forces. “She joined Bulbul while in primary school and later joined the Guides and finally the NCC when she was in class 8 and 9,” she said.

    Aishwarya, who is a science student with good academic track record, has a little more than a month to prepare for her II PUC examinations, which commence in March, but she is not at all tense. “She has consistently secured distinction in all subjects despite her extracurricular activities and [she] is not tense at all,” her mother said.

    Aishwarya is an accomplished skater and hockey player apart from also playing the guitar.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysuru – January 26th, 2017

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    Action-packed: Dabang Mumbai’s Affan Yousuf (left) and Ranchi Rays’s Timothy Deavin battle it out.

    Action-packed: Dabang Mumbai’s Affan Yousuf (left) and Ranchi Rays’s Timothy Deavin battle it out.

    Nikkin Thimmaiah pulled Dabang Mumbai back from the brink of defeat to an honourable 3-3 draw against Ranchi Rays in the Coal India Hockey India League 2017 opener. The Indian striker applied the finishing touch to a deliberate indirect penalty-corner conversion (worth two goals) in the 59th minute. The home team trailed 1-3 till that point at the Mahindra stadium.

    Christopher Ruhr was the stand-out performer for the visitors, justifying being the costliest foreigner in the league at $75,000. He floated all over the rival half, and set up a field goal for Rays with a stinging carpet drive to Simranjit. The latter responded with a neat trap and reverse hit. Ruhr later converted a stroke. Three out of four goals came in the third quarter.

    Eventually, the rule awarding two goals for a field attempt, aimed at entertaining fans and giving opportunity to players in front of the goalmouth to showcase stick skills or power in their wrists, determined the outcome of the match.

    Two video referrals were taken in the last minute.

    Dabang’s move to question the umpire decision proved fruitful, resulting in the fifth penalty corner and the equaliser off a pass from Harmanpreet Singh.

    Ruhr was kept under constant watch by the home team in the first quarter. Rays went for the direct route in the first penalty corner, Mitton’s drag was blocked by the Dabang custodian. Tryon shuttled between marking and distribution duties smoothly on the right. Manpreet got a yellow for a reckless tackle as the score remained goalless at half-time.

    Ruhr turned creator on the right, spotting teammate Simranjit lurking near the centre just beyond the D. The latter trapped a powerful hit first-time and sounded the boards with the reverse hit. Harte, under the bar, was beaten by the time he shifted position and dived to block. Dabang replied with a drag-flick conversion by Harmanpreet Singh eight minutes later.

    Rays’ second goal came via a penalty stroke. A Dabang defender failed to get his foot out of the way from a Sumit deflection. Ruhr stepped forward and beat Harte from the penalty spot with a firm push to the left post. Dabang forced two penalty corners in the action-packed third quarter, but did not make headway.

    The score: Dabang Mumbai 3 (Harmanpreet Singh 37 PC, Nikkin Thimmaiah 59 FG) drew with Ranchi Rays 3 (Simranjit Singh 31 FG, Christopher Ruhr 38 PS).

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Hockey / Hockey India League – Hockey / by Nandakumar Marar / Mumbai – January 22nd, 2017

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    Every Assembly constituency will be allocated Rs 7.5 crore for development of rural areas under Gram Vikas scheme, said District In-charge Minister M R Seetaram.

    Speaking after hoisting the National Flag at the 68th Republic Day celebrations at General Thimmaiah stadium in Madikeri on Thursday, he said steps are taken to provide houses to the destitute tribals of Kodagu. The district administration has earmarked and will distribute sites among the beneficiaries soon.

    The tender process for Rs five crore for the private bus stand in Madikeri is completed and construction work will be carried out with the funds of DELT and CMC. The work on court buildings in Madikeri and Ponnampet is on at a cost of Rs 36.7 crore and Rs 9.50 crore respectively. Construction work of the Zilla Panchayat administrative block will be carried out at a budget of Rs 18.25 crore. Site for district-level officers’ quarters has been identified, said Seetaram.

    Development work on 478 rural roads was carried out at a cost of Rs 44.25 crore. Of these, 300 roads are open for public. Up to 26 lakes will be developed at a cost of Rs 56 lakh. Measures have been taken to make Kodagu free from open defecation.

    Housing facilities have been provided to 3,955 beneficiaries under Indira Avas, Ambedkar Housing and other schemes. Grants of Rs 50 lakh have been released for establishment of a horticultural technology park at Madapur. The work on apiculture park at Bhagamandala is in progress. A honey museum is also being developed, he added.

    A march past was held while various departments exhibited their tableaux.

    Horticultural Department assistant director Girish, zonal conservator of forests Paul Antony, ZP superintendent A K Anjaneya, Hudikeri revenue inspector Radhakrisha, physical education director Nanda, Rojirani, assistant teacher Jayashree, Field Marshal Cariappa College NCC cadets Gautam, Ashwini and Nanjappa were felicitated for being awarded with Seva Prashasti.

    MLC Veena Acchaiah, Zilla Panchayat president B A Harish, vice president Lokeshwari Gopal. DC Dr Richard Vincent D’Souza, SP P Rajendra Prasad and CMC president Kaveramma Somanna were present for the programme.
    DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, January 27th, 2017

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    Sandalwood actress Harshika Poonacha, who is sharing screen space for the first time with Upendra in Upendra Matte Baa, has finished shooting for the movie. The actress on her social networking website page along with the picture, posted, “My last day of shoot for Upendrab Matte Baa Will miss all the fun..Will miss by bestest co Star.”

    The film directed by Lokanath marks comeback of actress Prema after a long hiatus. The film has been extensively shot around Mysuru and Mandya region.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Entertainment> Kannada> Movies> News / TNN / January 24th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Coffee growers in Karnataka, who went through a rough patch recently, are happy, thanks to a huge drop in production and supply from major coffee-growing countries in the global market.

    Growers in Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and parts of Hassan are upbeat after coffee prices hit a five-year high despite the state registering a low yield this time due to severe drought and demonetization.

    According to a senior official in the coffee board, Bengaluru, severe drought in major coffee-producing countries like Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia has resulted in poor yield and quality issues. As a result, there’s a great demand for Indian coffee, 70% of which is produced in Karnataka.

    According to Kabir, a leading coffee dealer in Madikeri, Kodagu, coffee prices are rising for the past fortnight and the trend is expected to continue till April. A 50-kg bag of Robusta variety, produced mostly in the state, costs Rs 4,000 while Arabica costs Rs 9,600. Last year, the average price of Robusta was Rs 3,000 and Arabica Rs 4,600.

    The prices have picked up in the retail market too after remaining at a low for the past five years. The prices range between Rs 150 and Rs 200 a kg.

    Coffee board former vice-chairman Sannuvanda M. Kaverappa added that a shortfall of 2.08 million bag of 60 kgs each in the international market this year will lead to a rise in coffee prices in India.

    “About 70% of Indian coffee will be exported and the rest will meet the domestic demand,” he added.

    B S Jairam, president, Karnataka Grower’s Federation (KGF), said the Robusta yield has been good this season in the state compared to Arabica.

    “Most growers are in distress owing to poor yield. The drought, labour crisis and demonetization have virtually pushed growers to the wall. The marginal current price rise will definitely not compensate for losses over the years,” said Karnataka Planters’ Association chairman M M Chengappa.

    (With inputs from G Rajendra in Madikeri)

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Manu Aiyappa Kanathanda, TNN / January 26th, 2017

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    January 26th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    Nyamasheke seeks to create more jobs along the coffee value chain.

    Nyamasheke seeks to create more jobs along the coffee value chain.

    The quality of coffee is critical in the marketing of the beans locally and on the global arena. This fact is not lost on one of the major coffee producing areas in Rwanda, Nyamasheke District.

    The district has been attracting investors to setup more coffee washing stations to help increase the quality and quantity of coffee production. The initiative also aims at job-creation as part of efforts to support realisation of the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) objectives.

    Coffee production in Nyamasheke contributes at least Rwf3 billion of the farmers’ income per year, according to district officials. The officials said seven new washing coffee stations will be commissioned this year, increasing the number of stations from 50 to 57 stations across the district, Polyphile Harerimana, the district cash crops officer, said. He added that besides boosting quality, the growing number of stations will increase farmers’ revenue and support economic growth.

    Besides, doubling the proportion of coffee exported as fully-washed, Rwanda could increase coffee exports by 10-20 per cent, according to a study done in 2015. Only 30 per cent of Rwanda’s coffee is characterised as fully-washed at export and, yet coffee washing stations operate at little more than 50 per cent capacity.

    Nyamasheke District has been attracting more investors in coffee production since 2013 when one of coffee washing stations in the district scooped the best coffee producer during the fourth edition of Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition. The annual contest rewards the best local coffee and is the most esteemed international award given to farmers with quality coffee. “Before the introduction of washing stations, coffee had less value and one kilogramme would cost about one dollar. But since washing stations were created the cost of the crop increased up to four dollars,” Harerimana said.

    Karambi, Macuba and Nyabitekeri sectors located near the shores of Lake Kivu are some of the areas in the district that are favourable for coffee growing. Rwanda mainly grows Arabica coffee given its mountainous nature.

    Harerimana said the district targets to produce 16,000 tonnes of coffee this year. Last year, the production was more than 11,000 tonnes while in 2015, the district produced 14,000 tonnes. He said this year farmers have increased use of fertilisers to 821 tonnes, adding that trees are also sprayed to guard against pests and diseases.

    A 2015 survey showed that the number of coffee trees in Nyamasheke has increased to 13 million, up from eight millions of trees in 2009.

    During the 2015 edition of Cup of Excellence competition, eight coffee washing stations from Nyamasheke were among the top 20 finishers. Therefore, it is no surprise that more investors are putting their money in the district’s coffee sector. Harerimana said the district works closely with farmers to ensure quality along the value chain to guarantee better returns. Annonciata Mukandanga, a farmer, said the increasing number of washing stations will boost morale as farmers will be assured of ready market, adding that it will also ensure quality of the crop.

    Andre Iyakaramye, another farmer, said the setting up of more washing stations in the district has helped increase farmers’ income and welfare, adding that he is now classified in the third category in Ubudehe classification, thanks to coffee farming.

    Rwanda’s coffee exports grew by 10.9 per cent in volume over the first half of last year, with 5,956.9 tonnes shipped out compared to 5,141 tonnes of coffee that were exported over the same period in 2015, according to figures from the central bank.

    source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw / The New Times, Rwanda / Home> Business / by Frederic Byumvuhore / January 24th, 2017

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