Kodagu to celebrate Huthri festival on Dec 2

Puttari/Huttari 2008

Madikeri, Nov 17 : The traditional Huthri ( Puttari or Huttari ) festival of Kodagu would be celebrated across the hilly district on December two.

Chief priests, pundits and temple heads at Kakkabbe Igguthappa temple here fixed the date today after comparing Star positions.

Kalladcha festival in connection with Huthri would be celebrated on December one. ‘Nerekattu’, tying of the crop, would take place at the temple and the first crop would be cut after the puja.

The tradition is strictly followed that the rituals would begin in homes all over Kodagu only after it began at Igguthappa temple.

Meanwhile deputy speaker of Karnataka Assembly, K G Bopaiah, has said that the government had released a package of Rs ten crore for improvement of roads of Kodagu.

He said that the amount was released as a part of the promise made by the Chief minister to release Rs 25 crore earlier.

The amount is released following the people in different parts of the district held protests bad conditions of roads in most taluks.

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KALS students shine at ICSE sports meet

Madikeri: It was yet another feather in the cap for Karumbaiah’s Academy for Learning and Sports (KALS) in Gonicoppa in Kodagu as the athletes bagged three gold medals and a silver at the National ICSE Sports meet held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, recently. The school is run by the former sprint queen, Ashwini Nachappa, and her sports-promoter husband, Datha Karumbaiah.

Announcing the results at a press conference in Gonicoppa, Ms. Nachappa said that Sharan S. Doopad, who had earlier set a record at the South Zone ICSE meet in shot-put, discuss and javelin, was the cynosure of all eyes at the national meet. He broke the earlier records wining gold in shot-put and discuss at the nationals.

He hurled the shot-put to a distance of 13.6 m and 42 m in the discus throw. The youngest participant, C.N. Nidhi, clinched gold in discus throw, while Navya Shetty got the silver in the same event. “We are proud of the feats of our wards at the KALS at the national event,” said Ms. Nachappa.

Summer camp  

Ms. Nachappa revealed that a month-long athletics summer camp would be held on the campus next April. About five promising athletes will be identified for receiving student scholarships. They would be trained with technical skills and apprised of all nuances and intricacies required of an athlete to emerge on top.

The swimming-pool of the school, being constructed at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh, is likely to be completed by January next, she said. Students would have the privilege of being trained under the guidance of international coach Nisha Millet. Biocon has come forward to sponsor the aquatic programmes, which is part of Ashwini’s Sports Foundation.

– The Hindu

292 patients undergo surgery at eye camp

Madikeri: The 23rd annual eye camp organised at the Ashwini Hospital here concluded on Monday with as many as 292 patients undergoing surgery for cataract and other problems, according to information received here.

Medical officer of the hospital Kulkarni and secretary of the hospital M.C. Gokhale told presspersons here that a total of 2,181 patients had free check-up at 52 different locations in the district and in neighbouring Periyapatna taluk in Mysore district since November 11.

Of this, 312 patients were referred to Ashwini Hospital for further check-up. Of the 312 patients, as many as 292 were operated upon: 244 for cataract and the remaining for other problems, Dr. Kulkarni said.

All the patients admitted for surgery would be discharged on Tuesday. The team of doctors comprised Shivaprasad, Sridhar, Chandrashekar, Ravi Naik, Sudhakar, Vishwanath and Somnath.

Each patient had been given medicines for six weeks and they had to come for a check-up again on December 27, Mr. Gokhale said.

The camp was organised by the Kodagu District Blindness Control Society, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Giants Group of Garden City and Silicon City from Bangalore, Rotary Misty Hills here and the Coorg Foundation, Polibetta.

 – The Hindu

Kodagu bandh called by coffee growers peaceful

Madikeri: The Kodagu bandh called on Monday by various coffee grower organisations and associations demanding early release of a relief package was peaceful in the district, with a few places, including Madikeri, witnessing total bandh.

Attendance was thin in government offices. Banks and educational institutions remained closed in almost all parts of Kodagu.

However, students who had to go to colleges to take examinations were allowed to do so. Private buses and autorickshaws remained off the road. KSRTC buses were not allowed to enter Madikeri city.

The bandh was total in Madikeri, Virajpet, Murnad, Kushalnagar, Gonicoppa, Ponnampet, Balele, and Hudikeri, while it was partial in Polibetta and Siddapur.

However, the response was poor in Somwarpet, Kodlipet, Nellihudikri and Sunticoppa in Somwarpet taluk.

Roads were blocked at Mutharmudi and Cheyyandane in Madikeri taluk, and Chinnalli near Shanivarasante in Somwarpet taluk. No incidents were reported during the bandh, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri told The Hindu.

Representatives of grower organisations, including the former vice-chairman of the Coffee Board S.M. Kaverappa, told Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, who met them at General K.S. Thimayya Circle, that the plight of the growers should be understood by the Government. They demanded that the Centre release the relief package immediately.

Mr. Naresh, who read out a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, said that the growers would give three months for their demands to be fulfilled and if nothing happened by then they would demand the resignation of elected representatives from the district.

Dr. Kaverappa, who read out a memorandum addressed to Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, requested him to announce the package early to enable small and marginal growers to tide over the economic crises.

The Centre, had prepared a Rs. 504.8-crore package for small growers (below 25-acre holdings) to waive their loans.But, the package was not released owing to pressure from certain large growers, who wanted the plantation purchase and land purchase loans to be included in the package, they said.

The Deputy Commissioner, who received the memorandum, said that he would forward the memorandum to the Centre.

 – The Hindu