Ancient goddess Cauvery’s idol found near Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Nov 27 : An ancient idol of goddess Cauvery on whom South India’s major river Cauvery is named, has been found in the Fort compound in this headquarters of Kodagu district.

Official sources said the idol half buried was recently found amid bushes and plants when the tourism deparment had taken up construction of a garden in the fort premises.

It was found when the contractor who had undertaken the garden work found the idol. The surrounding area is covered with district administration offices and also court buildings.

The contractor decided to clean, polish and paint the idol and place it prominently in the garden.

JD(S) leader M C Nanaiah, had also agreed to release Rs one lakh for the development of the garden from his MLC grant funds.


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AIR Madikeri bags best feature award for the third year

“Dani-Anudani”, a feature produced by the All India Radio, Madikeri Station, has won the State-level best feature award.

Surendranath Satwik and G.K. Ravindra Kumar, producers of the feature, told presspersons here on Thursday that this was the third year in a succession that AIR, Madikeri, had won the State award for the best feature.

The feature was broadcast by all stations of AIR in Karnataka on November 23. The feature begins with a sequence on the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge in the U.S. in 1940. One of the causes of the collapse, according to scientists, was resonance. Speaking about “Dani-Anudani”, Mr. Kumar and Mr. Satwik said that it is based on the “theory of resonance” and how it affects objects in different spheres of life.

Karnataka is the only State which has instituted awards for best features. The initiative has infused a keen sense of competitiveness among the staff in 14 AIR Stations in the State, Mr. Kumar said. Mr. Satwik and Mr. Kumar expressed their gratitude to Indira Yesupriya Gajaraj, Assistant Director, AIR, Madikeri, for her support and guidance.

K.S. Santosh and J.N. Jeevan assisted in the production of the feature.

Songs by Shantalli Ganesh and Chitra Nanjappa, sound effects and narrations by Subraya Sampaje, Koopadira Sharada Nanjappa and Madettira Belliappa have been used in the feature.

 -The Hindu

‘Minority communities not getting benefits of schemes’

The Chairman of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission, Khusro Quraishi, said here on Thursday that benefits extended by the State Government to the people of minority communities were not reaching them.

Mr. Quraishi was speaking at a meeting at the Old Assembly Hall here. The meeting was held to listen to the grievances of the people of the minority communities. According to him, Muslims formed a majority of the population under the category of minority community. Muslims had failed to make a mark in all fields and they had not achieved the desired progress in the field of education, he said.

Mr. Quraishi called upon the leaders of the minority communities and non-governmental organisations to take steps to ensure that benefits of government schemes reached the needy in the minority communities.

At the meeting, several groups from Muslim and Christian communities submitted memorandums to Mr. Quraishi.

He assured them that he would make sincere efforts to address their grievances and take up their issues at the Government level.

The president of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, V.M. Vijaya, said government officials in the district should ensure that benefits of government schemes reach the people of the minority communities.

The president of the Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Social Justice, S.N. Raja Rao, endorsed the views of Mr. Vijaya. Ummar and K.T. Baby Mathew, leaders of the Muslim and Christian community respectively presented memorandums to Mr. Quraishi.

Deputy Commissioner K.H Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat Mirza Akbarulla, and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Madikeri, J.D. Prakash were present.

 – The Hindu

Credit flow of Rs. 1,087 crore envisaged

Potential-linked credit plan (PLP) for Kodagu district for the financial year 2010-11 envisages credit flow of Rs. 1,086.92 crore. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Kodagu, prepared the credit plan. The Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, Mirza Akbarulla, released the potential-linked credit plan at the District Consultative Committee meeting held at the Lead Bank hall here on Thursday.

A press release from the Lead Bank, Corporation Bank, said that the potential for crop loans had been assessed at Rs. 698.55 crore since Kodagu was predominantly an agrarian district. It would form 64 per cent of the credit plan potential. Kodagu’s economy was dependent on crops such as coffee, pepper, cardamom, orange, paddy and maize. Credit potential for agricultural term loans has been assessed at Rs. 213.48 crore. Major contributors in this category included projections under plantation and horticulture (Rs. 107.26 crore), farm mechanisation (Rs. 21.69 crore), land development (Rs. 13.89 crore) water resources development (Rs. 5.37 crore), and dairy (Rs. 4.33 crore).

Credit flow under the non-farming sector has been projected at Rs. 12.83 crore. The potential in the “other priority” sector has been put at Rs. 160.31 crore, according to the press release.

 -The Hindu