Shubra Aiyappa – Coorg model on ramp

Shubra Aiyappa - Coorg model

She beat a horde of Indian ravision beauties to win Ford Model Supermodel of the World Contest in 2005 at the age of 18.

Standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, this Bangalore beauty was born in Coorg and schooled in Baldwin Girls School and Mount Carmel’s College.

Now 21, this lissome beauty has a graceful air about her, which is more evident when she takes to the ramp.

Her ambition is to be a good businesswoman.

…and we wish her all the best 😉

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Continuous protest to urge govt to repair roads

Continous protest will be organised to urge the government to development the state highway stretch between Koodige and Shirangala, said Road Action Committee President Thorenooru Matt pontiff Mallesha Swamiji. 

 Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the Swamiji said that the Koodige-Shirangala road stretch under Madikeri – Hassan state highway has been completely damaged and not fit for vehicles’ movement.  It has been decided by the villagers of Shirangala, Thorenooru, Hebbale, Koodige and Koodumangaluru to hold continuous protest at a villagers’ meet held at Thorenooru on Saturday, he said adding that an action committee also has been formed.

Zilla Panchayat member V P Shashidhar said that it is unfortunate that the government did not take any decision with regard to the development of road, even though it was remaining in a bad state for the past 15 years. The road stretch, which is filled with potholes, needs to be developed immediately, he added. People of the region would fight in an apolitical way till the government take initiative to develop the road, he said adding that a memorandum in this connection will be sent to the government through MLA Appachuranjan.

ZP former president K P Chandrakala said that the villagers had sumbitted several memorandum to the government. Villagers have lost their patience as the government is not paying heed to their request, she added.


‘Kodagu’s contribution to Indian hockey is immense’

Chairman and Managing Director of Nestle India Antonio Helio Waszyk speaking at the final of the 16th Nestle Kodagu Cup Hockey Tournament in Madikeri on Sunday.

Madikeri: Kodagu’s contribution to Indian hockey is immense and it is truly the “hockey district” of the country, Nellamakkada U. Mohan Aiyappa, president of Coorg Hockey Association (CHA), said here on Sunday.

He was speaking at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) hockey grounds here before the commencement of the final of the 16th Nestle Kodagu Cup Hockey Tournament.

The CHA would continue to promote the cause of hockey in the district, Mr. Aiyappa said, and welcomed the guests on the occasion.

Chairman and Managing Director of Nestle India Antonio Helio Waszyk said visiting here was a nice experience for him.

Mr. Waszyk was introduced to players of the teams that made it to the finals — Kakotparambu Sports and Recreation Club and Hathur Youth Club — on the occasion.

Puchimada B. Harish, veteran hockey promoter, coach, and vice-president of the CHA, was felicitated by Mr. Waszyk for his contribution to the cause of hockey in Kodagu. In an exciting final, Kakotparambu Sports and Recreation Club defeated Hathur Youth Club by a 6-5 margin via tie-breaker.

The winners, who trailed by two goals at the end of the first half, came back strongly to draw level at the end of the regulation time. Charmanna and M.K. Aiyappa got the goals for Hathur while Nikin Thimmaiah (penalty stroke in the 41st minute) and Rathan got the goals for Kakotparambu. Nikin Thimmaiah, Chetan, Mayur Subbaiah and Manjit Kullu scored for the winning team in the tie-breaker while Darshan, Appachu and Girish did so for Hathur.

Bolakkat and Kathiyat, traditional Kodava dances, were performed by artistes at the end of the first half of the match. Guests included Pratap Chittiappa of Skanda Coffee, one of the organisers along with the CHA, Administrative Officer of the SAI Training Centre C.A. Karumbaiah, secretary of the CHA K.P. Subramani and Gururaj of Nestle India.

 -The Hindu


Madikeri Nov. 27: National marathon race held here today.Kodagu Cauvery marathon trust and Bhagamandala Shri Cauvery P.U.College jointly organized the 16th year marathon.

National Marathon

In the gents event of 42 K.M. race from Madikeri to Bhagamandala Gurunath kalyani of Alvas , Mudabidre working in corporation bank came first with 2.32.59 hours, followed by Nagendra rao of Madras regiment centre (MRC) with a time of 2.35.38 hours and third place went to Lokesh raj of MRC who took 2.36.38 hours.

In the boys section ,walking a distance of 10 K.M Utpal of kushlnagar high school reached first with a time of 35 minutes.II place went to Sanathkumar of Bhagamandala Cauvery college with 37.07 minutes and the third prize is bagged by Supreth of maragodu who took 31.21 minutes.In girls section M.J.Rashmi of Maragodu Bharathi PU college won first prize,reaching in 32.32.18 minutes,monica of Bhagamandala Cauvery college reached with 32.35 minutes came second and Kavana K.P of hathur high school reached with 33.35 minutes and achieved third place. Total 81 in gents section,82 in boys and 33 in girls section participated.

Dignitories like Dr. Mohan Alva,Hosur Sathishkumar.Dr. Bhaskar Achar,Pramila Aiyappa and others participated as guests and distributed the prices The main event was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Ashwathnarayana gowda.


P.T.USHA to open sports school in Kodagu.

P.T.Usha in Coorg

International athlete P.T.Usha has said that she is thinking of opening a sports school in Kodagu.

Usha spoke to press after attending a wedding at Virajpet Kodava Samaj. Her student Sreema, an employee of Railways married a bride groom Sandesh Somaiah from Kodagu. Sandesh is also a hockey player and Usha is also running “Usha School of Athletics”.

Appreciating the culture, scenic beauty and weather of Kodagu, Usha said that it is most suited for sports activities. She opined that there is encouragement to open a sports school in the district and she will chalk out a plan to start one.

Usha said that she is coming to Kodagu for the second time. Talking about her school of athletics, she said that about twenty students are being trained under her. He husband Srinivasan, a former police employee is also assisting her. She informed that about four of her students have represented International sports and many more are showing bright future.

Her husband Srinivasan had also accompanied her.

-Shakthi Daily

Painting on solid waste management

Kushalnagar: Painting competition on solid waste management was organised for school and college students by the Town Panchayat on Saturday. 

Town Panchayat President H J Kariappa said there is a need to create an awareness on solid waste management to the people. Jilla Vijnana Parishat President M G Prabhudev said instead of plastic, one should use paper and thus save environment. Kodava Academy member Ranu Appanna, Columnist Bharadwaj Kanive and others were held.


M K Poonam of Fathima School won first place in the painting competition held for primary school level. Jnana Bharathi School student Srijan, Fathima School’s K L Yashaswini, won prizes in essay competition. Fathima High School’s R Kusuma, Girls Government Composite High School student A K Chaitra, Jnanabharathi School’s T S Shaija won first three places. In the elocution competition, Kannada Bharathi PU College’s N A Ajith, Wisdom Women’s College student Kiran Jyothi and Vivekananda PU College student J M Prasanna Kumar won the first three prizes. 


‘Ban greens from entering national parks’

Madikeri: A.K. Subbaiah, former MLC, on Saturday urged the Centre and the State Government to ban environmental groups from entering the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests in the name of conducting research and conservation of flora and fauna.

He was addressing presspersons here.

His observations came in the wake of a writ petition filed in the Karnataka High Court a few days ago by the Kodagu Small Growers’ Association from Siddapur seeking an inquiry into the role of some non-governmental organisations operating as environmentalists in the forests.

Mr. Subbaiah said the Government should order an inquiry into the “illegal” activities of some environmental groups since 2000 in the State, including collection of animal bones. The association would resort to judicial means and raise awareness among the people of the district on the “evil” designs of the environmentalists, he said.

Mr. Subbaiah said that 12 wildlife organisations operated in the State, but all had one address.

It was a ploy to garner funds from abroad in the name of conservation of flora and fauna, he alleged.

The environmentalists’ lobby was formidable, but the association would fight it, he said.

Cheranda Nanda Subbaiah, former president of the association, was present.

-The Hindu