Youth response to join army low in south Karnataka: Brigadier

Deputy Director General (States), Recruitment Zone, Bangalore, Brig J C Kushalappa, today said the response from youths to join the army was comparatively low in south Karnataka than north Karnataka.

Brig Kushalappa, who is here in connection with the Army Recruitment Rally being held here from November 12 to 18, said youths were not coming forward to join the army especially in the cadre of Soldier Technical and Soldier Nursing Assistants.

He said more than 2,500 aspirants from Dakhina Kannada, Uttar Kannada, Kodagu, Shimoga, Hassan, Udupi, Davangere, Chickmagalore and Chitradurga have been screened so far in the recruitment rally, the second rally of Recruiting Sub Cycle 2009-10.

With a view to ensuring that rural youths get equal opportunities, the army recruitment rallies were being held in various districts of the the State, he said.

As Indian Army was one of the most technically advanced in the world, it requires qualified youths in Maths and Science stream to fill technical vacancies, he added.

He said the Bangalore recruitment zone has taken the initiative to publish text books for soldier technical and soldier nursing assistant category with the assistance of Education department.

 – UNI

Villagers ‘happy’ as truck carrying fowls falls off gorge

A lorry carrying poultry fell into a valley near Sampigekatte on the outskirts of Madikeri on Saturday. Hundreds of chicken died when a lorry transporting them from Tamil Nadu to Sullia fell into a 50-feet deep valley near Sampigekatte on Madikeri-Kushalnagar route on Saturday. 

The incident occurred at around 5 am. Out of the 2,500 chicken in the lorry, only a few have survived. Several coffee plants too have been damaged. The total loss has been estimated in lakhs. The lorry has been totally damaged. Three persons in the lorry including the driver have, however, escaped miraculously. A large number of locals took away the dead chicken. Some even struggled to take away survived chicken too!

The road is very narrow where the mishap occurred. Several accidents have occurred here prior to the present one. Madikeri city traffic police have registered a case.


Kodagu bundh on Nov 16 imminent

Kodagu Growers Federation has clarified that the Kodagu bundh call given by various organisations on November 16, demanding the announcement of special loan waiver package of Rs 504.8 crore, is imminent. 

Addressing a press meet on Saturday, Federation Joint Secretary Pandanda Naresh, office-bearers B T Dinesh, Madhu Bopanna and others said 90 per cent of the coffee growers in the district have supported the bundh call. Very few are opposing it for their selfish needs.

There is no question of backtracking from the bundh call. Bundh is not against any government or any individual. However our main demand is the announcement of special loan waiver package.

“We will not cause any inconvenience to the students who will be writing their examination on Monday. If any student is caused inconvenience, then they can approach the Federation office-bearer,” they added.

To a query on the opposition to the proposed bundh call by Karnataka Growers Federation and Somwarpet taluk Coffee Growers Association, he said “some are opposing to make a division between small and large growers. Large growers should respond to the problems of the small growers. We have supported the cause of large growers.”

“After Kodagu was unified with the Karnataka, State government started neglecting Kodagu. The Government will be given three months ultimatum to develop the roads, solve the electricity problem, inclusion of estate labourers in the BPL list. If the demands are not fulfiled, then a protest will be staged,” warned B T Dinesh.


District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has decided to remain neutral to the proposed bundh call. Somwarpet taluk coffee growers federation office-bearers have expressed opposition to the bundh call.

No decision on holiday for schools

Schools and colleges have not officially declared holiday in view of Kodagu bundh call given by Kodagu Coffee Growers Federation on November 16.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, DDPI Narasimhaiah said depending on the situation, school authorities can declare holiday. However, scheduled PU examination on November 16 has been postponed. The exam will be held at the end of all the examinations, said PU Board Director Cheluvappa.

Deputy Commissioner has directed SP to take measures to help the students to appear for the examination at Field Marshal K M Kariappa College on November 16.

DC K H Ashwathanarayana Gowda banned the sale of liquor in the district on November 16 between 6 am and 7 pm, in the backdrop of bundh to maintain law and order. The sale of liquor has been banned even in bar and restaurants, hotels and clubs. All the three Tahsildars have been directed to remain in the headquarters to maintain law and order. 


Untimely rains a nightmare for coffee growers

Labourers engaged in plucking coffee beans in  Somwarpet.The coffee growers are in distress owing to the inclement weather and untimely rainfall. The season was supposed to be biting cold in the night and sun shine during the day time.

However, untimely rains and cloudy weather have spoiled the sleep of the growers.

The growers were expecting good harvest during the season. However, owing to the untimely rains, the coffee beans started riping within two months. The present untimely rains have resulted in rotting of coffee beans.

Collecting the fallen coffee beans is not only a tiresome work but also reduces the quality. Before plucking the coffee beans, the growers remove the unwanted weeds around the coffee plants.

However, owing to the rains, the weeds have grown once again. As a result, it is difficult for the labourers to remove the fallen beans. Even after plucking, coffee beans can not be dried. There is all danger of berry borer disease affecting the next harvest. Along with the rains, there is scarcity of labourers to work in the estates.

There is a great demand for labourers. Even after paying Rs 120 per day, labourers are not available for work, complain growers.

The growers have to bear the cost of transportation of labourers in jeep and van as well. The hopes of growers to repay the loan with the good harvest have been lost.

There is no price when there is good harvest, feel growers. Now the only hope left with them is the announcement of coffee package by the government.


‘Kodagu bandh’ on Nov 16th but not in Somwarpet

Orgnisations which have called for Kodagu bandh on this sixteenth have said that there is no change in their stand.

Various organizations have called for Kodagu bandh to protest against the governments as coffee package or relief was not distributed to kodagu.

Pamndanda naresh, Rozy Chinnappa, K.B.Bopanna and others spoke to press and said that they will not change their decision on bandh call.

Karnataka Planters Federation branch of Somwarpet has said that it is not going to support the bandh.

Addressing a press conference at Somwarpet, Nanda Belliappa and members have said that MP Vishwanath has already assured to look into their problems and a meeting is also arranged to discuss the matter at New Delhi.

 – ShaktiDaily