Ashwini Nachappa Graces Sahyadri College Founders Day

Mangalore, Nov 21: Sahyadri College of Engineering celebrated Founder’s Day on Saturday November 21 at the college campus in Adyar.  The institution is promoted by the Bhandary Foundation.

Former athlete and Arjuna award winner Ashwini Nachappa was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Youth should have a goal and effort should be put in to achieve the goal, but the purpose is not important. Failure and success should not be counted”. 
“There are clashes in the name of religion and language in the country, hence, the youth are required to do something which will be a remarkable contribution to society”, added Nachappa.
The Bhandary Foundation is celebrating the seventh year of its formation. Dr K N Vijayaprakash, commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation, inaugurated the celebration.

Manjunatha Bhandary, chairman, Bhandary Education Foundation, secretary Prasanna Bhandary and trustees were present.


CNC to set up ‘Kodava authority’

Codava National Council (CNC) general secretary N.U. Nachappa announced at the CNC National Day celebrations here on Saturday that the council would set up a “Kodava authority” to ensure all-round development of Kodava people.

This was one of the six resolutions passed at the celebrations held at the Gandhi Maidan.

The authority would be a self-governing body and take steps required for managing rural development, educational institutions, healthcare and sanitation, on the lines of Palestine Authority, Parsi Panchayat and the like.

Another resolution said that the CNC would insist that the Union Government take steps to rename the State as the “State of Kodava and Karnataka”, on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir and others. The CNC would reiterate its demands for carving out Kodava autonomous homeland for the Kodavas in the district by bringing together all the erstwhile 45 ‘nads’ [a ‘nad’ is a cluster of villages], one of the resolutions said.

Other resolutions were, all Kodavas should either prefix or suffix ‘Kodava’ with their names, converse in Kodava language only and cooperate to continue the ‘ain mane’ (ancestral homes) meetings, covering all ‘ain mane’ of the Kodavas, to garner support for the CNC causes.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Nachappa said the struggle of the CNC was not for Statehood to Kodagu, but for autonomous homeland status for the Kodava people. Kodavas were a national ethnic minority and their rights ought to be protected by the majority people in the State. If the State Government did not respond positively to the demands of the CNC, the issue would be taken to the United Nations, he said.

He called upon Kodavas to become aware of their rights. People could oppose Statehood, but not autonomous region status to the Kodavas, Mr. Nachappa asserted. Kodavas were a national minority and it was the Constitutional obligation of the State to protect the minority community, he said.

He took a dig at a recent movement in Kodagu that opposed the CNC.

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Krishnamani, who was the chief guest, supporting the CNC movement, pointed out that seeking autonomous status well within the limits of the Constitution, without affecting the national unity and integrity, was perfectly justified. He would try his best to mobilise political support for the CNC cause, Mr. Krishnamani assured Mr. Nachappa.

The culture of Kodavas was distinct and unique. The Kodavas had every right to protect it under the provisions of the Constitution, Mr. Krishnamani said. He called upon the Kodava people to display unity to achieve the autonomy goal.

A grand procession, in which traditionally dressed Kodava men and women took part, was taken out from the maidan to the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Circle and back to maidan.

Kodava flag was hoisted on the occasion and ‘bale kettuvo’ (lopping of banana stems) and ‘meedhi’ (offerings to ancestors) were performed.

Kaliyanda Prakash welcomed. Other speakers included Ramesh Muddaiah and K.B. Muthappa.

 – The Hindu

Residents write letter to CM on roads

Madikeri-Hassan State Highway which provides connectivity between Kodagu and Hassan, Uttar Karnataka and Mumbai is in a pathetic condition. In this regard, residents of the area have written an open letter to the CM on Thursday demanding repair of the road at the earliest.

“The name of our village is Kanive and the road which connects Kodagu to Mumbai literally does not exist.

We have planned to plant the names of MLA in one pothole each covering all of 223 MLAs in your cabinet,” read the letter.

The letter said that the biggest pothole, which is almost like a small pond will have the name of CM himself. Likewise the potholes will be named depending on the calibre of the Ministers and their qualification.

Residents Bharadhwaj, K R Rangaswamy, S R Revanna, H B Raju, Abdul Gafur and others said that through the letter they have sought permission of CM for this programme of christening the potholes after him and his cabinet members.

“We will be very happy to have you for inauguration of the programme,” the letter states and goes on to read that during rainy season they can even rear guppies in the potholes.

“If you ask the Fisheries Department to give fingerling at a subsidised price, even rearing fishes in the potholes can be a good source of employment for the youth here. We are expecting an answer from you at the earliest,” says the letter.

The villagers have taken this extreme step after asking the departments concerned to repair the roads for several years.


Govt determined to develop Kudige sports school: Minister

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Goolihatti D Chandrashekar said that Government is determined to develop Kudige Government Sports school, which is said to be one of the most prestigious sports schools in the State. 

 In this direction he said that a synthetic track costing about Rs 2 crore will be provided to the school to emphasis on atheltic sports.

Speaking after inaugurating the indoor stadium in the school and laying the foundation for the construction of hostels on Friday, he said that government has the aim of developing Kudige sports School as the model school in the State.

“Sports schools will be opened in Belgaum, Chithradurga and Gadag on similar lines as that of Kudige Sports School,” he said and added that development of Madikeri District stadium is also a major plan of the government.

Deputy Speaker K G Bopaiah said that the indoor stadium should be named after former CM R Gundurao, who was the force behind setting up of the sports school.

“Appointment of Assistant Director for the Sports Department and development of Swimming pool in Madikeri are the two works that need to be done immediately,” he added.


Suvarna Samskrithika Samucchaya yet to take off

“The land issue related to the construction of Suvarna Samskrithika Samucchaya is a minor issue. In case of necessity, I will hold discussion with the Kannada and Culture department senior officials and Kodagu Deputy Commissioner,” said Youth Service and Sports department Secretary I M Vittalamurthy.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, after inspecting the ongoing indoor and outdoor stadium work, he said CMC had okayed the construction of Suvarna Samskrithika Samucchaya at Cauvery Kalakshetra land. However, it had failed to hand over the land.

Vittalamurthy said “even CMC land belongs to the government. Even if CMC fails to hand over the land, Kannada and Culture department can construct the complex and make available for the public use. However, if Kannada and Culture department constructs the complex and hands it over to CMC, then the maintenance cost will be more. It is better if Kannada and Culture department looks into its maintenance. It is better if district administration, CMC and Kannada and Culture department comes into a consensus at the earliest.”

The Suvarna Samskrithika Samucchaya was sanctioned to Dharwad, Udupi and Shimoga along with Madikeri. The work on the complex is complete in Dharwad, Udupi and Shimoga. However, it is a tragedy that the work is pending owing to land issue in Kodagu, he added.

‘Swimming pool’
Youth Service and Sports Department Secretary I M Vittalamurthy directed Assistant Director and Land Army Corporation to send a proposal on the revival of swimming pool near Man’s Compound.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, after inspecting the ongoing work on indoor and outdoor stadium at Field Marshal K M Kariappa stadium on Saturday, he said Land Army Corporation Assistant Director Panduranga had said that an action plan of Rs 45 lakh has been prepared for the revival of the swimming pool. However, I have directed them to include filter in the scheme and submit a proposal for Rs one crore. Funds will be earmarked for the purpose in the budget in 2010-11.”

The proposal of Rs 2 crore additional grant towards hockey synthetic maidan at Ponnampet or Virajpet is before the finance department. Funds will be released at the earliest, he added.

To make use of ‘Kalls’ started by Ashwini Nachappa, many have suggested to set up a hockey maidan near it. Moreover, Assembly in-charge Speaker K G Bopaiah had suggested to set up synthetic hockey maidan in Ponnampet. “We will initiate action to set up maidan in a place which will be approved by all.”
He also expressed displeasure over the functioning of Land Army Corporation.