277 raids conducted across Kodagu district for illicit liquor

Liqour raid in CoorgThey took place in July, August and September. Thirty-six cases have been registered against eight persons under the Excise Act

As much as 765 litres of brew, 172.8 litres of liquor, 7,920 litres of Indian Made Liquor (IML) and a Maruti van were seized during the raids in three months, Mr. Jayaram said.

The Excise Department conducted 277 raids across Kodagu district from July to September 2009. Thirty-six cases have been registered against eight persons under the Excise Act, according to Deputy Commissioner of Excise Jayaram.

However, the target given to Kodagu district for sale of liquor in the months of July, August and September could not be met, Mr. Jayaram said. This was mainly due to the strict measures initiated by the Excise Department in preventing sale of liquor in shops, particularly in the rural areas.

Liquor consumption in Kodagu would certainly be up from December onwards. An individual could keep a stock of 4.6 litres of liquor at home for own use, he added.

[Source: The Hindu]

CPI(M) demands relief for rain-affected in Kodagu district

CPI(M)The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Kodagu unit, has urged the Centre to include Kodagu district in the list of flood-affected areas in the State for seeking relief.

In a statement here on Monday, the secretary of the Kodagu CPI (M), I.R. Durgaprasad, said that most of the areas of Kodagu district had received heavy rainfall while it was scanty in certain areas. Therefore, the State Government should urge the Centre to release compensation for the rain-affected people of Kodagu district, Mr. Durgaprasad said.

 He demanded that each of the families whose houses had collapsed in the recent rains in Kodagu should be given ration up to 30 kg of rice and enough kerosene free of cost every month. The Government should pay a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to every family whose house had been damaged in the rains. The Centre must immediately provide compensation of Rs. 10,000 per acre to the coffee growers whose crop was damaged in torrential rains in the last couple of years, he said.

The CPI (M) welcomed the statement of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa who wanted the Centre to waive off the cooperative and commercial bank loans obtained by the flood-affected farmers in the State.

He said that people in Kodagu district suffered losses as a result of torrential rains every year.

 [Source: The Hindu]

Couple killed in accident

Coorg AccidentMiddle aged couple were killed in an accident yesterday evening in Mdikeri town. Ashok(45) owner of wooden works Madikeri and Latha (38) left their 10 year old son and 8 year old girl.

The accident took place in mangalore road,Madikeri by abut 7 P.M.today. The root cause of the accident is haphazard checking of vehicles by Madikeri traffic police inspector mahadevaiah and his men. S.P.manjunath Annigeri has suspended S.I.Mahadeviah after the public annoyed with the inhuman b behavior of the SI. Sunday usually a feast for the traffic police who will stop the tourists v vehicles arriving in large number and fining, harassing and also illegal collections has become their way of life.

Although Ashok was a local person the inspector stopped his maruthi car and ordered him to bring the vehicle recordssitting inside in his jeep. When Ashok and his wife Latha were bringing the records, suddenly a private bus Shivaprakash which was coming from the opposite direction directly hit them who collapsed abruptly.

Ashok died on the spot and Latha was struggling for her life and the people contacted the hospital ambulance through emergency number, but the ambulance did not turned up. Then the public themselves managed to carry the injured in an auto, but in vain. She died on the way to hospital.
A large crowd had gathered at the spot demanding action against the policemen. The bodies were later handed over to Ashok’s brother.

[Source: Shakti Daily]

Express bus service started – Madikeri to Madurai

Suvarna Sarige

Suvarna Sarige

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has introduced another inter-State express bus service from Madikeri to Madurai from November 2.
This is in addition to the existing Madikeri-Madurai service.

Vivek Poovaiah, founder of the Movement for the Welfare of Community and Environment, said in a press statement here on Monday that the new schedule would start from Madikeri at 15.05 hours and take the Murnad-Virajpet route.

The existing Madikeri-Madurai service operates via Chettalli-Siddapur route in Kodagu. The Virajpet route was chosen for the convenience of Tamil-speaking people.

The bus will leave Madikeri and ply via Murnad, Virajpet, Gonicoppa, Hunsur Mysore, Nanjangud, Chamarajanagar, Sathy, Thiruppur, Dharapuram, V. Chatra, Sambatti and reach Madurai at 5.45 a.m. In the return journey, the bus would depart from Madurai at 8 p.m. and arrive in Madikeri the next day via the same route at 11.45 a.m.

The service is being operated with the Suvarna Karnataka Sarige.

[Source: The Hindu]

Cubs and Bulbuls get certificates

Cubs & BullBull

Cubs & BullBull

Karnataka Scouts and Guides Commissioner Kondajji Shanmukhappa on Monday called upon Scouts and Guides to inculcate patriotism, values in life, humane attitude and service motto, to make life meaningful.

He was addressing the Scouts and Guides at the end of the training session for Cubs and Bulbuls in Madikeri and distributing certificates to them, an official press release said.

The school was one of the sponsors of the training programme. District Information Officer Vinod Chandra was present.

[Source: The Hindu]