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    At a recent get-together hosted by the 1983 World Cup winning Team India manager Man Singh in the city for former state cricketers, P K Belliappa was undoubtedly the soul of whole meet. The sheer camaraderie and warmth they shared at the do showed ample proof of the respect Belliappa commanded from his former teammates.

    Belliappa, the former Tamil Nadu skipper, had come from Coorg, where he lives, just to meet his old teammates. “I shuttle between Coorg and Canada. But, I wouldn’t have missed a chance of meeting my former teammates for anything. More than the runs or catches I took on the field, earning the respect and love of teammates remains my biggest asset,” said the 74-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman who played 94 first-class matches for the state.

    The Loyola College alumnus was a born leader. “Belliappa was a shrewd captain, and was adept at analysing our opposition’s weaknesses. He would study the opposition in detail, and draw plans for each of their players,” recalled his former teammate AG Milkha Singh.

    Milkha recounted an incident which showed the crowd’s love for Belliappa. During a league match at Chepauk, the home ground of Madras Cricket Club (MCC), the Kishore Kumar number ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ was being played. “Kishore sings ‘Giligili Appa-Giligili Appa’ but the entire crowd replaced it in the chorus with ‘Belli Appa-Belli Appa’. This happened numerous times and we were all in splits,” said Milkha.

    Belliappa said, “It was a pleasure playing those days, and the crowd support was unmatched. Even for league matches at Chepauk, we would have 7,000 to 8,000 people coming and cheering us. I don’t see that happening for first-class matches anymore.”

    B Kalyanasundaram, another teammate, said Belliappa was blessed with a good cricketing acumen. “Being a wicketkeeper himself, Belliappa had a good idea of what the bowler was up to, and would accordingly set the field. He would make everyone feel at ease, and that according to me is the hallmark of a great leader,” said Kalyanasundaram.

    The ex-skipper regrets not winning the 1967-68 Ranji Trophy. “We played the final against Bombay. We made 258 batting first, and should have got the prized wicket of Ashok Mankad. We had him caught at mid-on but the umpire thought otherwise. Ashok went on to score his maiden hundred and Bombay never looked back,” said Belliappa.

    While Belliappa regrets not winning the most prized trophy in domestic circuit, he isn’t too perturbed about not having played for India. “I led Madras for some time, and was fortunate enough to have played for long,” said Belliappa, who has 4,061 runs to his name in first-class cricket.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Chennai / by Prasad RS / TNN / November 15th, 2014

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    Plantations with native trees produce more coffee which is also of better quality

    Forest trees are good, not just for the environment but for your coffee too: having more forest trees in coffee plantations maintains tree diversity and also increases coffee production and quality, shows a study. This could be vital information as native trees are being replaced with exotics in coffee-growing landscapes to increase coffee production.

    India, the world’s sixth largest coffee-producer, grows ‘shade’ coffee, under the canopies of naturally occurring native trees such as jackfruit, Black dammar (dhup) and Magnolia (champa) which are legally-protected. However, some planters now replace dead native trees with exotics like Silver oaks which are not protected and can be felled for timber. Silver oaks also serve well as pepper stands, and cultivating pepper on them supplements planters’ incomes. This ‘intensification’ – reducing and replacing native shade tree cover – contributes to forest loss in the tropics, where coffee is cultivated.

    Scientists at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the College of Forestry (Kodagu) examined whether this intensification affects native tree biodiversity and coffee productivity in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, which produces more than one-third of India’s coffee. They studied tree species diversity in 25 coffee plantations varying in native shade tree cover, with some having only non-native Silver oaks as canopies.

    The benefits

    Their results, published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, show that 95 native tree species offer shade for coffee in Kodagu; and intensification decreases this tree diversity. Some plantations, which still retained native trees, even had red-listed tree species (designated as threatened by the IUCN), and some of them in high numbers. The team found that such plantations produced more coffee, which was also of better quality . Silver oak-dominated plantations showed more single-seeded fruits and attacks by the Coffee berry borer, a major pest.

    “This is likely due to reduced predators such as ants, birds, or parasitoids, in Silver oak-dominated plantations,” says lead author Maike Nesper (ETH Zurich). Protecting native trees could be crucial, she adds.

    “Some regions are re-diversifying tree canopy cover in coffee agroforests, as consumers are increasingly interested in biodiversity conservation and ready to pay premium prices…but to gain the same level of native diversity by reforestation is nearly impossible, and it is crucial to diversity in the first place.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sci-Tech> Environment / by Aathira Perinchery / September 30th, 2017

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    September 30th, 2017adminRecords, All, Uncategorized

    Uthappa of General Thimayya school emerges first in the district


    K.S. Uthappa of General K.S. Thimayya Public School here emerged first in the SSLC examination in Kodagu, securing 96.96 per cent marks. Kodagu is ninth among the districts in the State in the SSLC examination results. Kodagu has improved its performance compared to last year where it secured 18th position in the State.

    Uthappa scored 606 out of 625 marks. Nivedita Shenoy from Lions School, Gonicoppa, emerged second with 604 marks (96.64 per cent), while Numan J.A. from Jnanajyoti School in Murnad secured third place with 603 marks (96.48 per cent).

    In Kodagu, 7,259 students, including repeaters, appeared for the examination and 5,656 of them passed. Among the freshers, 5,629 passed. Of the 7,259 students who had appeared for the examination, 2,682 were boys. As many as 258 students achieved distinctions, 2,094 first class, 1,520 second class and 1,777 pass. Kodagu also achieved another distinction of no case of examination malpractice.

    According to information from the office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction here, 12 schools in the district achieved cent per cent results. They are Lions School in Gonicoppa, Lourdes High School in Polibetta, St. Thomas School in Gonicoppa, Sarvadaivata English Medium School at Aruvatoklu in Gonicoppa, Rotary English Medium School in Bittangala, St. Mary’s English Medium School in Sunticoppa, Sacred Heart English Medium School in Shanivarasante, Shantiniketan High School in Kodagaralli, Morarji Desai Model Residential School in Basavanahalli, Anglo Vernacular High School in Nelliahudikeri, and Sri Shivakumaraswamy Girls’ High School in Kirikodlimath in Somwarpet taluk and Jyoti High School at Peraje in Madikeri taluk.

    Virajpet taluk in Kodagu emerged first in pass percentage among freshers with 83.03. Of the 2,051 students, who had appeared for the examination, 1,703 passed. Nivedita Shenoy (604 marks), Dixit (602) and M.D. Somanna (598), all from Lions School, Gonicoppa, finished first, second and third, respectively.

    Madikeri taluk is second where 2,086 students appeared for the examination and 1,703 of them passed (81.64 per cent). K.S. Uthappa (606) from General K.S. Thimayya School here emerged first, followed by Numan J.A. (603) of Jnanajyoti School in Murnad and Shreyas Bangera (600) of St. Michael’s School here.

    In Somwarpet taluk, of the 2,816 students, 2,223 passed (78.94 per cent).

    Pavana P.S. (587) from St. Mary’s School in Sunticoppa emerged first in the taluk, followed by Yatin (586) of Sacred Hearts High School in Shanivarasante, and Shishira (578) of St. Joseph’s School in Somwarpet.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / May 03rd, 2009

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    September 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    With hardly two days left for the Madikeri Dasara celebrations, the untimely rain could play havoc with the preparation. Mantap celebrations are on with 10 temple committees engaged in giving decorating mantaps with flowers and glowing lights. Committee members are worried that rain could hinder the preparation of figures and fixing of lights.

    Each mantap is prepared at a minimum cost of Rs 10lakh, and a maximum of Rs 25lakh, depending on the enthusiasm to compete for the three prizes — Devendra garva bhanga by Dechuru Ramamandira, Ananthpadmanbha Darshana by Pete Rama Mandira, Narakasura Vadhe by Kundurumotte, Hiranyaksha Vadhe by Kote Mariamma, Lalithambika killing Bhandasura by Chawdeshwari, Bhoodevi killing Narakasura by Karavale Bhagavathi, Chamundeshwari killing Mahishasura by Dandina Mariamma, Vinayaka killing Thalasura by Kote Ganapathi, Kolluru Mookambika killing Mookasura by Kodandarama, and Ramanjaneya killing Ravanasura by Kanchi Kamakshi are the 10 mantaps getting prepared to enthral thousands of enthusiasts.

    The procession of the figures will be exhibited at three shows during the Shobha Yatra in the town on Dasara night, with one show exclusively for the judges. The show will take a minimum of 20 minutes climaxing in a fight between gods, goddesses and demons, ultimately ending in the killing of demons with audio effects, conversations, glowing lights etc.

    The Dasara committee will distribute Rs 2lakh each for mantaps and Rs 1lakh each for karagas out of the government-sanctioned amount of Rs 50lakh for Madikeri Dasara. With Rs 20lakh collected by donors the total budget is Rs 70lakh, Dasara committee and city municipal council president Kaveramma Somanna said.

    For Ayudha Puja, decoration competitions for various type of vehicles will be organized. Decoration contests for shops and establishments are already announced. Cultural programmes, which started on September 22, will end on Friday evening and a night orchestra will play through Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / Times News Network / September 29th, 2017

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    Speciality coffee products, support and shared value are key to success

    Ten years ago, the residents of Kabada Boddaput — in southeastern India’s remote Araku valley — were impoverished subsistence farmers, living in mud huts and getting by on the millet, yams, pumpkin and greens they grew on their one- to five-acre plots.

    Cash was scarce and emergencies meant borrowing from friends and family — debts that might take years to repay. “It was a very terrible situation,” recalls Sanyasi Gullela, a farmer. “There were not enough clothes and no money for cattle.”

    But life has changed dramatically for Kabada Boddaput’s tribal farmers — along with around 13,000 others in the Araku valley — since they began cultivating coffee, encouraged by the Naandi Foundation, a Hyderabad-based philanthropic organisation.

    Last year, Mr Gullela earned Rs105,000 ($1,640) from coffee, which he grows on 1.3 of his three acres of land, and additional funds from the pepper vines coiling around the surrounding shade trees. In recent years, these earnings have financed four cattle for ploughing and an auto-rickshaw for his son. His neighbour has purchased a second-hand tractor.

    Daily life has improved, with the newfound cash used to buy more nutritious food, such as lentils, and new clothes. Some locals have upgraded their mud homes with cement and tiles. “Nowadays, I have a lot of choices,” says G. Tirupati Rao, who grows coffee on two of his 3.5 acres. “What we want we can easily buy from the market. Earlier, we had to compromise.”

    While around the world coffee has developed a reputation for bringing few tangible benefits to those toiling to grow it, the view in the Araku valley is different. The crop — grown bio-dynamically without costly fertilisers or agrochemicals — has become an unlikely stepping stone to socio-economic progress for some of India’s most neglected and marginalised peoples. “Coffee has given dignity to farmers,” says Chiranjeevi Naidu, a board member for the Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers Mutually-Aided Co-operative Society, set up in 2006 to process the coffee grown through the Naandi project.

    The Araku valley has a history of coffee production dating back to the colonial era, when British planters grew thousands of acres. After independence, India’s government-run Coffee Board took over the plantations, employing local people. And the board gave coffee seeds to farmers, although few flourished in the absence of other support.

    But many Araku farmers were eager to keep trying. “They said: ‘Anything that was valuable in India, the British took control of, so coffee must be valuable’,” says Manoj Kumar, Naandi’s chief executive officer.

    Naandi’s corporate donors were less enthusiastic, he recalls. “I’ve never heard of anyone coming out of poverty through coffee,” one told him. But Mr Kumar — who had rather stumbled into the coffee business when he was asked in 2004 to develop “livelihood projects” to help Araku farmers — was undeterred. Naandi promised technical support with cultivation and offered to market the farmers’ produce overseas.

    Since then, Naandi’s agricultural experts have taught Araku’s novice growers to produce top-quality organic coffee, some of which is being sold as “speciality” coffee to select roasters and traders from Japan, Korea, and Europe. These high-end buyers — who taste and rate each lot before purchasing — are willing to pay up to Rs700 per kg for the best of the beans. The bio-dynamic agriculture practised by the Araku farmers is labour intensive but requires no costly cash inputs. Farmers enrich the soil through mulching, using leaves, fallen fruits and other freely available organic matter. They use inexpensive, herbal soil additives to enhance soil fertility and fight pests.

    They have learnt the discipline of harvesting beans only when they are bright red and fully ripe. For these efforts, co-op members last year received a guaranteed price of Rs375 per kg of top quality, fully-ripened beans.

    From that, the co-op — where the beans are processed within 12 hours of being harvested — deducts Rs90 per kg for transport and processing, with Rs280 per kg profit left for the farmer.

    This compares with Rs90-Rs110 per kg that Indian farmers typically receive for bulk coffee to be sold on the New York Commodity Exchange.

    “If you want to do sustainable coffee at scale, it has to be speciality coffee,” says Mr Kumar. “When they buy, they pay more than anyone else will pay.”

    Problems remain, especially in finding enough buyers willing to pay a premium for all the high-quality coffee the Araku farmers can produce. Last year, co-op members grew 100 tonnes of coffee, but Naandi is working with another 7,000 farmers whose saplings will mature soon, and other villages are pleading to join the initiative.

    Mr Kumar believes Araku’s coffee output could easily rise to 500 tonnes or more. But the total world market for speciality coffee was just 10m tonnes in 2011 — although it is said to be growing fast — and speciality coffee buyers tend to buy in small lots from diverse regions around the world. “I don’t have enough high-quality buyers,” Mr Kumar admits.

    To expand the market for its own speciality coffee, Naandi recently raised $5m from its Indian philanthropists for Araku Originals — its dedicated, for-profit, coffee marketing arm — to market its wares in Europe.

    Araku Originals has opened a flagship store in Paris and is also selling its coffee though 34 other gourmet food shops and other upmarket retail outlets across France. The coffee that does not make the grade as speciality coffee is sold as organic, fair trade coffee elsewhere in Europe. “We are a benevolent link to the international market,” Mr Kumar says. “It can’t just be procured and dumped.”

    Despite the challenges, Mr Kumar is convinced that coffee can be made a sustainable cash crop for farmers — but only if those involved across the industry are willing to share the profits more generously.

    “You need a very clear-cut, shared-value business model with the farmer,” he adds. “Otherwise, it won’t work.”

    source: http://www.ft.com / Financial Times / Home> Agricultural Production / by Amy Kazmin / September 24th, 2017

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    September 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The enjoyment was clearly written on their faces at the end of the day as they had seen nothing like this before.

    Actor Shobhana performs in front of Mysuru Palace on Friday as part of Dasara celebrations (Photo: KPN)

    Actor Shobhana performs in front of Mysuru Palace on Friday as part of Dasara celebrations (Photo: KPN)


    Planters from Virajpet in Kodagu, Juthika Bopanna, Suman Chengappa and Divya Madaiah, had come all the way to Mysuru for the “Palace on wheels” trip offered to tourists this Dasara.

    “We have seen Mysuru Palace in the past, but not the other palaces. And lunch at the Lalitmahal Palace was the icing on the cake,” they said, happier for the experience.

    Picked up near Mysuru Palace, they were introduced to Jaganmohan Palace, given lunch at the Lalitmahal Palace, shown the Cheluvarajammanni Mansion, the Jyalakshmi Mansion at the University of Mysuru which houses the folklore museum , the Regional Museum of Natural History, the Indira Gandhi Museum and Railway Museum and then dropped back near Mysuru Palace. The enjoyment was clearly written on their faces at the end of the day as they had seen nothing like this before.

    Mysuru district in-charge minister H.C. Mahadevappa launches ‘Food Dasara’ (Photo: KPN)

    Mysuru district in-charge minister H.C. Mahadevappa launches ‘Food Dasara’ (Photo: KPN)

    Twenty –year- old Manjula, a farmer’s wife from Maleyuru village in T Narsipur taluk, confessed it was her first Dasara in Mysuru. “I had only seen Dasara on television before,” she admitted. Manjula was one of 5,400 farmers brought in 108 KSRTC buses from 18 taluks of Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar taluks for the “Dasara darshan” organised by the district administration for villagers, who have never seen it before. As many as 3300 more farmers from 11 taluks of Kodagu and Hassan will be brought in the second batch to enjoy the Dasara.

    The farmers were on Friday taken from T Narsipur taluk to the Mysuru Palace, Chamundi hills, the zoo, and to enjoy the events of the Women’s Dasara and Raitha Dasara. Transport minister H M Revanna said the district administration had given the KSRTC Rs 20 lakh to organise the trip.

    Children’s Dasara

    Tarunya, daughter of the mahout of Dasara elephant Abhimanyu from Thithimathi and the youngest among 35 kids of mahouts and kavadis, made her parents proud by performing at the Children’s Dasara which began on Friday at Jaganmohan Palace. The kids who were trained by music and drama teachers from government and private schools, staged Kindara Jogi play.

    All 15 Dasara elephants were familiarised with the booming sound of nine cannon fire shots fired from 150 year old brass cannon barrels, on Friday. raditionally, 21 cannon shots will be fired in 90 seconds during the Jumbo Savari procession after the Chief Minister offers floral tributes to the idol of Goddess Chamundeswari placed in the Golden Howdah.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation,Current Affairs / Deccan Chronicle, by Shilpa P / September 23rd, 2017

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    Kannada TV actor and anchor Shwetha Chengappa talks about her favourite serials on television and the childhood memories associated with them.

    Earliest memories of watching television
    For the longest time even after the introduction of television, my parents never bought a TV set as they were quite strict with our
    studies. I remember going to our neighbour’s house to watch it. One fine day, while I was in third grade, my parents finally bought a TV. Jungle Book and Shaktiman were a hot favourite back then. I also remember telling my parents back then that one day I would also be on TV. It has been a 13-year journey on the small screen now.

    All-time favourite sitcom/serial

    Small Wonder. It was about a boy and his little sister who was a robot. It was the cutest thing I ever watched on TV back then. I also loved watching serials like Chandrika on DD. Pallavi Joshi was my favourite and I loved a navy-based serial, in which she played the protagonist. The Coorg in me was probably the reason I adored it so much. Kahin Toh Hoga on a private channel was another favourite. I later acted in its remake in Kannada, which was titled Kadambari. It was a huge hit.

    One advice to small screen newbies
    Don’t get carried away by the fame which has come to you in an instant. Don’t also be dejected by downfall. Both are part of this small screen world.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> TV> News> Kannada / by Madhu Daithota / TNN / September 25th, 2017

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    September 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    As many as 40 poets recited their poems at the Madikeri Dasara Kavi Goshti (poets’ meet) held at the Kaveri Kalakshetra here on Monday.

    The poems on water, corruption, humanity, relationship, love tried to open the eyes of the society to the burning issues.

    Additional DC M Sathish Kumar inaugurated the meet by writing “Idu bahubhasha kavighosti, egagale agide kavanagala srishti…” on a board. He said that poets play a vital role in transforming the society. The poems should make people introspect, Kumar felt.

    Dasara Samithi president Kaveramma Somanna and others were present. Rekha Prakash, Leela Dayanand and Nagesh Kaloor were the invited poets.

    Poets’ meet committee president Aithichanda Ramesh Uthappa said, “The committee had planned to hold the meet in a unique manner. However, due to the paucity of funds, we had to organise poets meet with limited resources. About 201 poems were received by the committee for the meet. The committee selected 40 poems for the meet.”

    K P Sudarshan, Divya Mandeera, Krithajnana Besooru, Asha Prabhu, B R Ramachandra Rao, Asha Prabhu, Kasturi Govindammayya, Ranjitha Cariappa, A S Kavya, S A Anagha, Aparna, A B Manjunath, U R Akram, Sabalam, Bhojanna Reddy, Kadlera Jayalakshmi, Mohan Kumar, S K Ishwari, Shailaja Dinesh Barike, M K Nalinakshi, M S Inchara, Revathi Poovaiah, Kayapanda B Tata Changappa, Ranju Nanaiah, Mulivanda Nalini Bindu, Sunitha Vishwanath, M A Manoj, Kiggalu Girish, and Preetham recited poems.

    Writer Kodagi B Appanna presided over the programme.

    Today’s programme

    Makkala Dasara, Makkala Santhe, Makkala Mantala, fancy dress, clay modelling, science modelling, Chennamane, Kallata and others will be held at Gandhi Maidan in Madikeri from 9 am onwards.

    General Thimmaiah Public School, children from Kid Paradise will present dance, Ramayana dance ballet by Little Flower team and dance extravaganza by Bhargavi and team will be held as a part of cultural programmes at 6 pm.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service, Madikeri / September 26th, 2017

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    Tourists at Abbey Falls near T Shettigeri, with rain catching up by monsoon end, all falls in the State are putting up their best show

    Tourists at Abbey Falls near T Shettigeri, with rain catching up by monsoon end, all falls in the State are putting up their best show

    Madikeri :

    City dwellers might hate rain with its attendant problems but when they flock to Kodagu, the rain is an added attraction. Tourist inflow has gone up in the rainy months which were once considered off-season.As many as 91,619 visitors came to Kodagu in July, a jump over the figures for 2016.

    Between January and July this year, 6.9 lakh people visited Kodagu, of whom 91,619 people visited in July. This is a jump of 21% over last year, when just 75,492 tourists came. In 2015, only 74,798 tourists visited in the month of July. But even these are conservative numbers, say officials, since it only accounts for guests at registered homestays. The number could be almost double if the other homestays, not on paper, are factored in as well.

    What helped probably was that the rain wasn’t as heavy as expected. The district as a whole received 51cm of rain in the month against a normal of 90cm, allowing tourists to enjoy the showers while finding time to move around as well. The tourist count estimate for this August had crossed 50,000 by the middle of the month.

    While most tourists visit the staples in Kodagu -Talacauvery, Cauvery Nisargadhama in Kushalnagar, the Nalaknad palace in Kakkabe and Raja’s Seat – some also make their way to Irupu falls near Shrimangala, Mallalli falls off Somwarpet, Abbey falls near Madikeri, the golden temple at Kushalnagar, Dubare elephant camp, Ha rangi and Mandalapatti near Madikeri.

    Shobha Shetty , a retired bank employee from Mangaluru, says she had a magical experience visiting Talacauvery in the morning hours. “The mist-covered slopes, the moving fog and the gathering dark in daylight made me forget everything else. This can happen only during monsoon,” she says. Around 45,616 tourists visited Talacauvery between January and May this year.

    Shashi Monnappa, who runs Mythili homestay at Madikeri, said many tourists preferred to visit during monsoon and opted to go to waterfalls, for river rafting and on safari in Nagarahole.

    Boosting the tourist inflow, homestays drop rates during the rainy off-season. Coravanda Madan Somanna, who runs a homestay in BB estate at Kadagadal near Madikeri, said the discounts ranged between 25% and 30% on the room tariff.

    Kushalnagar assistant conservator of forests Chinnappa said an average of 3 lakh tourists visit the Dubare elephant camp every year.And around two lakh tourists visit Irupu falls in south Kodagu every year, says Kodagu DFO Jaya.

    Given the surge, the tourism department has taken up some development projects. It is building a Kodava heritage centre at Madikeri at a cost of Rs 2.6 crore, a pathway for tourists at Mallalli falls at Rs 1.4 crore and providing a chain barricade at Abbey falls for Rs 86 lakh.

    The district administration has sent proposals for another 12 projects which include road development in Mandalapatti, Talacauvery and Dubare; building a hanging bridge to Irupu falls and setting up a garden at the Nalaknadu palace. It has also proposed building a concrete road from Nanjarayapatna to Dubare to reach the elephant camp. These proposed projects will need nearly Rs 17 crore from the government.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / September 25th, 2017

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    September 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Children’s Dasara wins hearts at Madikeri Dasara Janotsava
    ‘Makkala Dasara’, the children’s Dasara, doubled the joy of Dasara Janotsava at Gandhi Maidan in Madikeri on Tuesday.

    The youngsters kept themselves as busy as bumble bees, sold various items including vegetables and fruits at ‘Makkala Santhe,’ the children’s shandy market.

    There was a competition between the ‘vendors’ in attracting more customers and selling the items, using their communication skills. Buyers were offered discounts on the purchase of vegetables and other items. The traditional attire of some of the vendors added to the spirit of the shandy market.

    Altogether, there were 100 tiny stalls featuring coconuts, ‘Chur Muri,’ bangles, fancy items and game shows. The low-priced coconuts were sold briskly, even before the formal inauguration of the programme. A stall put up by ‘Shanti Niketana Raita Bandhu’ too made a swift business.

    Customers thronged the stall of Keerthan and Aneesh from St Micheal’s School, to grab the tasty lemon juice. Likhitha and Roshni from St Joseph School sold buttermilk. Packaged water bottles with the brand name ‘Coorg’ were sold by Shrinidhi and Hitesh of St Joseph School at 50% discount rates. Items such as bags, watches and flags prepared by Government Girls Balamandira, gathered appreciation from people.

    A canine show organised by children at the venue drew the attention of onlookers. One could take selfies with dogs by paying a fee of Rs 5 to its owner.

    The ‘Mantapa’ tableaux decorated by children were colourful. Children who took part in the fancy dress competitions seemed to be the live miniatures of historic heroes, social reformers and national leaders. An exhibition of clay models and science models created by the tender hands was also an added feature of the Children’s Dasara.

    On the other hand, the children were engaged in playing rural games of ‘Goliyata’, ‘Lagori’, ‘Chowka Bara’ and ‘Baleyata.’

    Inaugurating Children’s Dasara, City Municipal Council (CMC) president Kaveramma Somanna said the programme provides a good platform to showcase the talents of children.

    Dasara Committee Working president Mahesh Jaini, general secretary A C Devaiah, treasurer Sangeetha, District Janapada Parishat president B G Anantashayana, Chummi Devaiah, CMC commissioner B Shubha, Dasara Cultural Committee president H T Anil and Rotary Misty Hills representative Sandeep were present.

    The programme was organised in association with Rotary Misty Hills.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service, Madikeri / September 27th, 2017

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