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Genelia D'Souza

Genelia D'Souza

Name:  Genelia D’Souza
Profession: Indian actress & Model
Date Of Birth: 5 August 1987 in Mumbai, India


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Kodagu district lauded for promoting hockey

Symbolic start: Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswatha Narayana Gowda inaugurating the Coorg ‘A’ Division Hockey League in Madikeri on Monday.

Madikeri: Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda on Monday hailed the contribution of Kodagu district in the promotion of the game of hockey in the country. He added that hockey was synonymous with the Kodagu district.

Addressing the gathering at the finals of the M.G. Aiyappa Memorial Coorg ‘A’ Division hockey league at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) grounds here, Mr. Gowda lauded the “hockey culture” of the district and spoke highly of the numerous hockey players who had donned the national colours in various national and international events.

Earlier, Mr. Gowda hit a ball with a hockey stick to signal the commencement of the match. He assured the Coorg Hockey Association (CHA) of all help and support to promote and game of hockey in the district.

The finals was won by the Ammathi Sports Club from Ammathi, which defeated the BBC from Gonicoppa by a 4-0 margin. The winners led 2-0 at the end of the first half. Nitin Ganapathi scored a brace (11th and 53rd) while Sujith (27th) and Lala Aiyanna (68th) accounted for one goal each.

Wanderers Sports Club, Madikeri, had organised the matches under the auspices of the CHA.

The president of the CHA, N.U. Mohan Aiyappa, hockey coach C.V. Shankar, former president of the CHA Subhash Muthanna, president of the Madikeri City Municipal Council P.D. Ponnappa and secretary of the CHA K.B. Subramani were among those present.

Palachanda Appaiah, donor, and Mr. Aiyappa, gave away the trophies to the winners and the runners-up.

[Source: The Hindu ]

Advocates boycott courts in Madikeri, Virajpet

iMadikeri: Advocates in Madikeri and Virajpet in Kodagu district abstained from courts on Monday to protest against the hearing of cases in the High Court by Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court P.D. Dinakaran.

The Madikeri Bar Association, at a meeting held here in the morning, unanimously decided to abstain from the court proceedings.

The meeting was presided over by the president of the Bar Association B.J. Chinnappa.

Lawyers in Virajpet also refrained from the court proceedings on Monday expressing solidarity with the advocate fraternity.

The advocates were only against Mr. Dinakaran discharging judicial functions. They were not against Mr. Dinakaran discharging the administrative functions, a lawyer, who did not want to be named, clarified.

[Source: The Hindu ]

Rs. 10 cr. to be released for Kodagu district



Madikeri:  The State Finance Department has given the nod for release of Rs. 10.71 crore to Kodagu district, which is part of the Rs. 25-crore special economic package announced by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, according to sources.

The funds would be released to the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat for taking up development of roads and bridges, the source at the zilla panchayat office told The Hindu on Monday. The State Government had already released a sum of Rs. 5 crore to the Kodagu zilla panchayat earlier under the package. Of the Rs. 25 crore, the Panchayat Raj engineering wing would be provided with Rs. 15.71 crore, Public Works Department would be given Rs. 8.33 crore, Madikeri City Municipal Council Rs. 84 lakh and the Karnataka Land Army Corporation Rs. 12 lakh.

Of the Rs. 15.71 crore grant to the Panchayat Raj engineering wing, action plan has been prepared to take up 148 works in Madikeri taluk involving a sum of Rs. 5.39 crore.

As many as 111 works at a cost of Rs. 5.32 crore would be taken up in Virajpet taluk, and 179 works at a cost of Rs. 5 crore would be taken up in Somwarpet taluk. Some of the works had already been completed with the Rs. 5 crore grant given earlier, the source added.

The action plan for the Rs. 5 crore grant released earlier was approved by the State Government in November last year with the instructions that most urgent works should be given priority. However, the Rs. 10.71 crore now okayed to the zilla panchayat had been released to the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department and is expected to reach Kodagu zilla panchayat soon.

Under other roads and bridges development head, the zilla panchayat has received a sum of Rs. 1.15 crore initially this year and another additional Rs. 45 lakh. Action plan has been prepared and tendering process to award the works were on, said the source.

The RDPR had already approved the action plan, the source added. A sum of Rs. 1.83 crore was received last year under the same grant, of which only Rs. 92 lakh was released. The zilla panchayat had communicated to the RDPR seeking the balance of Rs. 91 lakh to be released.

Drinking water

The zilla panchayat had received a grant of Rs. 4.43 crore this year to take up drinking water projects in the entire district. Grants were received both from the Centre and the State Government, the source added. Of this, the zilla panchayat had received Rs. 1.95 crore and several water project works had commenced in the district. Rest of the funds are expected to be released in phases.

Feathered Jewels of Coorg

Feathered Jewels of Coorg

Feathered Jewels of Coorg

Feathered Jewels of Coorg

By Dr. S.V. Narasimhan

Coorg Wildlife Society, Rs. 99


This bilingual book beautifully documents the richness of the avifauna of the small Kodagu district. The book contains the descriptions and sketches of 305 species of birds along with synoptic notes of each family.

The initial chapters have a useful, concise and good general description of bird morphology, anatomy, general usefulness of birds, migration and tips for bird watching. These details make the book more useful for a general reader. The main text contains brief description of each species with its common and scientific names in English, Kannada and Kodava languages.

The status, key morphological characters, habitats, habits are clearly explained. Thus the book is not only a good checklist, but also a valuable field guide to the birds of Kodagu. The descriptions of bird species are precise and follow the standard format.

These are excellently supported by the beautiful colour paintings by the author who is professionally a practicing physician. Giving details of specific bird watching areas within the district would have enhanced the usefulness of the book. Zafar Futehally, the famous ornithologist, writes in his foreword: “The book is invaluable in arousing an interest in birds among the population of Coorg, and Narasimhan has done great service to local birders.” He adds: “Dr. Narasimhan is fortunate in his profession.

Apart from the service which doctors render to mankind, they develop the habit of looking at things closely, attempting to connect cause and effect.”

This elegantly printed and neatly got up book goes a long way in fulfilling the need for such practical information about birds as also about the natural wealth of Kodagu. Feathered Jewels of Coorg emphasises the urgent need for protecting all our natural resources so that our lives may be better and more joyful.

For a well-produced book like this, the pricing is surprisingly low.

– By K.B. Sadananda