Call to foster Kodava culture

Madikeri: President of the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy Iymudiyanda Rani Machaiah has called upon the people of Kodagu to join hands with the Academy for fostering the rich and unique Kodava culture and preserve it for posterity.

She was presiding over the valedictory of the “Aat-Paat’ (dance and song) programme organised by the academy on the Nalknad Palace premises at Yavakapadi village near Kakkabe in Kodagu, a press release said here on Monday.

The academy had formulated several programmes to popularise the Kodava language, literature, folklore and art. Support of the people was vital in keeping the Kodava traditions alive, Ms. Machaiah said. She stressed on the need for the youth to imbibe various aspects of Kodava culture to keep it alive and vibrant. Caste should not be counted as a barrier to learn and practice Kodava culture, she said.

Anjaparavanda Ravi Chomuni, a guest, noted that the “mand” (place of religious congregation) culture was vanishing in Kodagu, where Kodavas used to gather and celebrate festivals in the past. The efforts of the academy should inspire all to come together and celebrate the feasts and festivals in future, he said. Mr. Chomuni said that changing lifestyles should not make Kodavas forget their culture and added that Kodava culture was not confined to just Kodava community but to all Kodava-speaking groups.

Natolanda Ponnappa laid emphasis on the need to train children on how to preserve the rich Kodava traditions. Such a thing would also usher in camaraderie among various communities living in Kodagu. Kudiyara Muthappa spoke on the cultural relationship between the Kodavas and other Kodava-speaking groups. Registrar of the academy Vinod Chandra gave an account of the various programmes of the academy and future plans.

Traditional Kodava dances, Ummathat, Bolakkat, Kolatt, Pareyakali, dances by the students of Yavakapadi school and anganawadi centre were performed on the occasion.

-The Hindu


King Cobra

Planter Joyappa from Nagaralli near Somwarpet had a shock of his life yesterday as he came face to face with a King Cobra at his estate.

Bose and his friends from Gonicoppal with Ravi from Balagunda rushed to the spot and captured the thirteen feet long cobra after thrilling exercises.

Bose told that the King Cobra would be let into Pushpagiri forests.

– ShakthiDaily

‘Issue sand mining licence only through auction process’

Addressing a meeting of the Sand Auction Task Force held at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here on Thursday, Gowda said that license should be issued through auction process as present permits have no date validity.

He directed officials to make arrangements to conduct auction. He asked the tahsildar and Mines and Geology Department officials to inspect the sand mining auction sites and submit reports within 15 days. A final meeting with regard to the auction will be held on December 8, Gowda said.

Mines and Geology Department senior scientist V G Alfanis brought to the notice of the meet that there is provision to renew licence to the contractors with 10 per cent hike in the previous auction rate.

However, Assistant Commissioner Dr N Shivashankar and Tahsildar Devaraju informed that some sites were auctioned at very low price in the previous year’s auction process.

Alfanis said that police, revenue and forest department officials also should co-operate to check the illegal transportation of sand to Kerala. Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri assured that the department would take necessary steps to prevent illegal transportation of sand to Kerala.

Additional DC Chandregowda, Regional Transport Commissioner Mohammed Habibulla, Assistant Conservator of Forests Lakshman and other officials were present.


Political activities gain momentum in Kodagu district

The election is being held as MLC S G Medappa’s tenure is coming to an end. Medappa was elected after the MLC Arun Machaiah tendered his resignation for the post. Congress-JD(S) candidate Mittu Chengappa was defeated by Medappa. Since Medappa had a tenure of only one-and -half year, the election for the post will be held soon.

December 1 is the last date for filing nominations. On December 2, the nominations will be scrutinised and the nominations can be withdrawn by December 4.
According to KPCC sources, there are as many as 13 aspirants for the post but the party heads are considering only three to four names.

Former minister T John is said to be pressurising the senior leaders of giving him the ticket. Since Mittu Chengappa had lost last year, name of T John, capable candidate to fight election using money power, is being heard in Congress circle. Mittu Chengappa, KPCC Member T P Ramesh, former MLC C S Arun Machaiah, Manu Medappa among others are also the aspirants for the ticket.

Though there are many aspirants for the post from BJP, names of MLC S G Medappa and BJP District President Sunil Subramani are being heard. Meanwhile, name of JD(S) Working Committee President Shanthu Appaiah has been recommended to the party heads. The picture of coalition between Congress-JD(S) are not clear yet and hence nothing can be said at this point of time.

JD(S) had not fielded its own candidate last year and instead supported Congress candidate. It is said that JD(S) is hence asking Congress to support JD(S) candidate this year, possibility of which seems bleak. However, since aim of JD(S) is to defeat BJP, it might end up doing compromises too. BJP will surely try to retain its position this time.

As far as JD(S) is concerned, many feel that though JD(S) can give a fight, it may not win but in such scenario, probability of JD(S) joining hands with Congress is high.

Another important aspect is the problems that could be created by the candidates denied ticket.


Water project cost escalates three-fold

Quenching thirst: A file picture of Kootuhole reservoir. Water will be pumped to the booster pump stations located in Madikeri from here.

Madikeri: The project to supply drinking water to Madikeri from the Kundamestri rivulet, located on the outskirts of the city, is now being offered in a different form and its revised cost has gone up to Rs. 23.65 crore.

According to the earlier plan that was set for execution two years ago, the cost of the project was Rs. 7 crore. Water from the Kundamestri rivulet would be pumped into the Kootuhole reservoir first and again pumped to the booster pump stations located in the city for supply.

The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB), which has been entrusted with the execution of the project, wrote to Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) Commissioner Srikanth Rao recently to take up the issue of handing over the required lands to it by liaising with the district administration, since the land under survey number 7/7 belonged to the Revenue Department.

The Congress and the BJP councillors in the CMC had sparred over the Kundamestri project many a time in the CMC meetings. While the Congress argued against the project, the BJP wanted the project to go on.

The population of Madikeri, as per the 2001 Census is 32,286. The projected population for 2026 is 44,000 while it is expected to reach 51,000 during 2041. Water consumption is also expected to rise steadily in tune with the increase in population. However, the water requirement of tourists who come in large numbers has not been taken into.

Of the estimated cost, Rs. 8 crore would be spent for the construction of a barrage across Kundamestri rivulet. The other major expenditure — Rs. 3 crore — would be utilised for removing silt from the Kootuhole reservoir.

– The Hindu

Pet dogs sterilised

Madikeri: Surgery to sterilise domesticated dogs was conducted at a pilot camp organised at the Government veterinary clinic here on Monday. It was an initiative of the “Animal Relief Coorg”, a newly started organisation for the welfare of animals in Kodagu.

This is part of the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme, Madhava Rao, veterinarian from the CUPA, Bangalore, who performed surgery on several pets since Sunday, said.

The sterilisation of the stray dogs would be taken up with the help of the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) next, Dr. Rao said. The “pinhole surgery” was performed with ease after tranquilising the pets. Neutering (castration) was also done for male dogs. But, more than 90 per cent of the sterilised dogs were females.

Chidananda, veterinarian here said that there were an estimated 20 million stray dogs in the country. Killing of the stray dogs could not be taken up in view of the court rulings and relocation would not be of much help since dogs would not adjust to the new environment and tend to migrate.

Sterilisation was the only way out to effect birth control, Dr. Chidananda said. A team of veterinary doctors from Kodagu was present observing the newer technique in the surgery (pinhole surgery).

 – The Hindu