6 Students Faint In School; Ghost?!

Ghost in Coorg!Around six students of seventh standard who went to school fell unconscious yesterday at Virajpet.

Six students of Government model primary School aged eleven went to toilet and fell on the ground, one by one. They were later shifted to government hospital and were declared out of danger by night.

The school head mistress Parvaty informed that the students said that they say a figure of a lady wearing white sari. The students must have deemed it as a ghost and fell one by one, she said. She stated that there is a jasmine tree near the toilet which causes fear. A parent said that a girl had died by hanging from the tree long ago and the spirit is troubling people.

Dr. Kasturi told that the students are out of danger. Taluk Panchayath president Saritha Poonacha visited the hospital and asked the students to be brave and fearless.

[Source: Shakti Daily ]

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Decision on traffic diversion in Madikeri in two days

Diversion in MadikeriNo decision was taken at a meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda here on Friday to discuss the resolutions passed by the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) on Thursday on the movement of KSRTC and private buses in the city. Mr. Gowda sought time till Sunday to arrive at a decision.

Buses are being diverted in the wake of concreting of Major Muthanna Circle-Private Bus Stand road.

The CMC passed a resolution on Thursday stating that KSRTC buses should enter the city via Sampigekatte and reach A.V. School, Ranipet road, SBI road to the KSRTC bus stand and return via Industrial Estate road, Raja Seat road, General K.S. Thimayya Circle and take the roads to their destinations from there.

Private buses should proceed towards Sampigekatte, A.V. School road, Ranipet road, Vijaya Vinayaka temple and parked on the flank of SAI hostel road (college road).

Mr. Gowda said that a decision would be taken after considering all aspects in the next two days. He inspected the new roads identified by the CMC. The present arrangement would continue till the announcement of the final decision, Mr. Gowda said.

[Source: News:  The Hindu  Photo: FreeFoto.com ]

Samiti says “NO” to autonomous Kodava homeland

Kodagu Janapara Horata Samiti

Kodagu Janapara Horata Samiti

Members of the Kodagu Janapara Horata Samiti staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Friday urging the Centre and the State Government not to consider the demand of the Codava National Council (CNC) for an autonomous Kodava homeland.

In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, president of the samiti Korakuttira Sara Chengappa said that if the CNC went ahead with its movement for Kodava homeland, other communities living in the district would organise a mass movement against it. There were 18 Kodava-speaking groups apart from Kodagu-Gowdas, Vokkaligas, Veerashaivas, Kurubas, Billavas, Bunts, Christians, Malayalis and others living in Kodagu.

Mr. Chengappa said that the CNC’s move was aimed at creating friction between various communities in Kodagu. Not many Kodavas or Kodava samaja units backed the CNC movement. Kodagu’s merger with the then Mysore State took place as per the will of majority of the people of Kodagu. The CNC leadership had tried in vain to mislead the youth to militancy in the past and changed its demand for Statehood to Kodagu. It was now seeking autonomous Kodava homeland.

The samiti urged the Centre to declare Kodagu as a “hill area” to ensure the development of the district, Mr. Chengappa said.

The Government should release a special package to develop Kodagu. The State Government and the Centre should look into these demands, he said.

Mr. Chengappa said other communities were in majority in Kodagu, excluding the Kodavas. In view of this, the demand for Kodava homeland did not make any sense. Such demands would only increase ill will among various communities which were living peacefully in the district, he added.

The former MLA D.S. Madappa, Paikera Anantaram, Keshavananda, Vishwanath from Kodagu-Gowda Samaja, P.G. Aiyappa from Kodagu Heggade Samaja, Saba Subramani, who is the secretary of the samiti from Kodava-Nayar Samaja, Kudiyara Muthappa from Kudiya Samaja, and Chippi Krishna Kumar from Amma Kodava group were among those present.

Office-bearers of Panika Samaja, Kembatti Samaja, Savita Samaja, Kodagu Vokkaligara Samaja, Madivala Samaja, Golla Samaja, Veerashaiva Samaja, Iri Samaja, Koyava Samaja, Banna Samaja, Kudiya Samaja, Boonepatta Samaja, Kaniya Samaja, Billlava Samaja, Bunta Samaja, and Maliya Samaja have signed the memorandum.

[Source: The Hindu ]

“The Highland, Coorg” – A poem on Coorg

Mallalli Falls, Coorg

Mallalli Falls, Coorg

The Highland, Coorg

Disheveled meadow swells aloft
And the sailing blue whispers the song
Tickles the niched nature wind soft
Unearthed ecstasy stays strong

Hangs low, coffee seeds so genuine
Cardamom widespread a unique aroma
Urchin chants through the bottled wine
The valour stands an enigma.

A narrow adorable river streams
Along the heaven in a mysterious way
Bliss blooms through the dark dreams
While the dawn watches mists play

Thick downpour roars out the rest
A gloomy mask for half a year
Atop a tree a sparrow’s nest
Within which is a gun and a chandelier.

Slugabed daylight late kisses the ground
Reluctantly peels out the slumbered eye
Perplexed eyeballs scowl blur around
And later discovers the deep blue sky.

By: Taufeeq, Mercara, Coorg

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Adventure sports to get a shot in the arm at Coorg

Coorg Adventure Sports

Coorg Adventure Sports

Ever since Sports Minister Gulihatti Shekar went rafting in Kaveri river at Barpole in Kodagu a few months ago, he’s been smitten by the adventure-sport bug.

He has come out with Rs 2.5 crore plan to boost adventure sports in the state through General Thimmaiah National Academy of Adventure (GETHNAA), a subsidiary under the sports department.

Shekar told Bangalore Mirror, We plan to integrate independent clubs under one parent body. This would help them get recognition and better infrastructure to impart skills in adventure sports. We have requested close to 100 adventure clubs across the state to obtain affiliation from GETHNAA. The affiliation will help them get funds from the government whenever they conduct camps and organise events.

As a first step to boost adventure sports, the minister has revamped GETHNAA. He explains, Based on geography and infrastructure we have identified Bangalore (Jakkur), Ramanagara, Chitradurga, Hampi-Hospet, Mangalore and Karwar as places with potential for adventure sports.” To promote rock climbing, latest features have been added to the walls in Bangalore and Davangere.

A decade ago, the then sports minister Ajaykumar Sarnaik had promised to set up a rock-climbing academy on par with international standards in Chitradurga. Unfortunately, the project was shelved by successive governments. With Shekar hailing from the same district, he has taken it on himself to expedite the project. The district administration has already handed over five acres of land to the sports department to set up the academy.

A senior sports department official says, Already tenders have been called. In another 2-3 months work will begin. With its rocky terrain and impregnable rocks, there is no doubt that Chitradurga will become a heaven for rock climbers in the state.

GOING AQUA

The minister is also rooting for aqua sports in Vani Vilas Sagar, a reservoir across Vedavathi river near Hiriyur. Water sports can also be hosted in Honnemaradu at Linganamakki dam in Shimoga.

Shekar says, The backwaters of VVS are unique. The area is in the shape of India map and surrounded by lofty mountains on all sides. “We are in consultation with the forest department to get separate land to build dormitories for sportsmen. A sum of Rs 45 lakh has been set aside for this and tenders will be called soon. The flying school at Jakkur will also be upgraded with due infrastructure,” he said.

FUELLING ADVENTURE

 Integrating all adventure clubs in the state under General Thimmaiah National Academy of Adventure (GETHNAA)

 Affiliation to GETHNAA will help clubs avail government funding for adventure sports

 Reviving the project to build rock-climbing academy in Chitradurga

 Aqua sports in Vani Vilas Sagar and Linganamakki dam

 Upgrading flying school in Jakkur

[Source: Bangalore Mirror ]

Elections to Council from Kodagu local bodies’ constituency likely in December

MLC S.G.Medappa

MLC S.G.Medappa

[MLC S.G. Medappa’s term will end on January 5]

 Elections to the Legislative Council from the Kodagu local bodies’ constituency is likely to be held in December as the term of S.G. Medappa, MLC, will end on January 5.

Mr. Medappa won the byelection to the Council in October last defeating his nearest rival B.G. Mittu Chengappa of the Congress. The seat became vacant owing to the resignation of C.S. Arun Machaiah, who contested in the last Assembly elections as a Janata Dal (Secular) candidate from the Virajpet constituency.

The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer has received a communication from the office of the State Election Commission asking him to prepare a draft voter list, according to sources in the District Election Office here on Monday.

Members of the zilla panchayat, three taluk panchayats, 98 gram panchayats, three town panchayats and the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) in Kodagu are eligible to vote in the elections.

There are 1,399 voters. Of them, 1,250 are from the gram panchayats, 49 from the taluk panchayats, 40 from the town panchayats, 31 from the CMC and 29 from the zilla panchayat.

However, there are only 1,392 votes, including that of the two MLAs from Madikeri and Virajpet constituencies, as 10 (in the gram panchayats) of the 1,399, in all, seats are vacant.

There are two more MLCs, who have been part of Kodagu, one each from the Teachers’ Constituency and the Graduates Constituency, and a Lok Sabha member.

These three can vote anywhere in the State, according to their preference, including in Kodagu.

[Source: The Hindu ]

Coorg and Ooty for long drives

Anusha, Model

Anusha, Model

I fly down to Hyderabad often during the weekends mainly to attend parties. There is a pub called Touch which hosts awesome parties there. I think the city really rocks when it comes to partying. Also, since I have my cousins there it’s never boring for me and I always have company to party with.

I also visit Mangalore often. I just visited the coastal town last month. We went driving down in search of Murudeshwar Temple. We were told that it’s very close to Mangalore but had one hell of an adventure finding the place which took us a lot more time than anticipated. But, once we found the place it was an absolute relief. We had fun boating and swimming.

Next weekend I plan to go down to Dharmasthala. Karnataka has some very beautiful temples and I love visiting them. I feel really good visiting temples as they give me peace of mind.

Since I love animals, Bandipur National Park is another place I have in mind for visiting whenever I get a long weekend off. I have heard that there are cottages in the middle of the forest where tourist can spend the night. I am really excited to spend some time there. I am indeed looking forward to the experience.

I love to go on long drives. Coorg and Ooty are my next long drive weekend destinations.

[Source: DeccanChronicle ]