Madikeri Nov. 27: National marathon race held here today.Kodagu Cauvery marathon trust and Bhagamandala Shri Cauvery P.U.College jointly organized the 16th year marathon.

National Marathon

In the gents event of 42 K.M. race from Madikeri to Bhagamandala Gurunath kalyani of Alvas , Mudabidre working in corporation bank came first with 2.32.59 hours, followed by Nagendra rao of Madras regiment centre (MRC) with a time of 2.35.38 hours and third place went to Lokesh raj of MRC who took 2.36.38 hours.

In the boys section ,walking a distance of 10 K.M Utpal of kushlnagar high school reached first with a time of 35 minutes.II place went to Sanathkumar of Bhagamandala Cauvery college with 37.07 minutes and the third prize is bagged by Supreth of maragodu who took 31.21 minutes.In girls section M.J.Rashmi of Maragodu Bharathi PU college won first prize,reaching in 32.32.18 minutes,monica of Bhagamandala Cauvery college reached with 32.35 minutes came second and Kavana K.P of hathur high school reached with 33.35 minutes and achieved third place. Total 81 in gents section,82 in boys and 33 in girls section participated.

Dignitories like Dr. Mohan Alva,Hosur Sathishkumar.Dr. Bhaskar Achar,Pramila Aiyappa and others participated as guests and distributed the prices The main event was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Ashwathnarayana gowda.


P.T.USHA to open sports school in Kodagu.

P.T.Usha in Coorg

International athlete P.T.Usha has said that she is thinking of opening a sports school in Kodagu.

Usha spoke to press after attending a wedding at Virajpet Kodava Samaj. Her student Sreema, an employee of Railways married a bride groom Sandesh Somaiah from Kodagu. Sandesh is also a hockey player and Usha is also running “Usha School of Athletics”.

Appreciating the culture, scenic beauty and weather of Kodagu, Usha said that it is most suited for sports activities. She opined that there is encouragement to open a sports school in the district and she will chalk out a plan to start one.

Usha said that she is coming to Kodagu for the second time. Talking about her school of athletics, she said that about twenty students are being trained under her. He husband Srinivasan, a former police employee is also assisting her. She informed that about four of her students have represented International sports and many more are showing bright future.

Her husband Srinivasan had also accompanied her.

-Shakthi Daily

Painting on solid waste management

Kushalnagar: Painting competition on solid waste management was organised for school and college students by the Town Panchayat on Saturday. 

Town Panchayat President H J Kariappa said there is a need to create an awareness on solid waste management to the people. Jilla Vijnana Parishat President M G Prabhudev said instead of plastic, one should use paper and thus save environment. Kodava Academy member Ranu Appanna, Columnist Bharadwaj Kanive and others were held.


M K Poonam of Fathima School won first place in the painting competition held for primary school level. Jnana Bharathi School student Srijan, Fathima School’s K L Yashaswini, won prizes in essay competition. Fathima High School’s R Kusuma, Girls Government Composite High School student A K Chaitra, Jnanabharathi School’s T S Shaija won first three places. In the elocution competition, Kannada Bharathi PU College’s N A Ajith, Wisdom Women’s College student Kiran Jyothi and Vivekananda PU College student J M Prasanna Kumar won the first three prizes. 


‘Ban greens from entering national parks’

Madikeri: A.K. Subbaiah, former MLC, on Saturday urged the Centre and the State Government to ban environmental groups from entering the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests in the name of conducting research and conservation of flora and fauna.

He was addressing presspersons here.

His observations came in the wake of a writ petition filed in the Karnataka High Court a few days ago by the Kodagu Small Growers’ Association from Siddapur seeking an inquiry into the role of some non-governmental organisations operating as environmentalists in the forests.

Mr. Subbaiah said the Government should order an inquiry into the “illegal” activities of some environmental groups since 2000 in the State, including collection of animal bones. The association would resort to judicial means and raise awareness among the people of the district on the “evil” designs of the environmentalists, he said.

Mr. Subbaiah said that 12 wildlife organisations operated in the State, but all had one address.

It was a ploy to garner funds from abroad in the name of conservation of flora and fauna, he alleged.

The environmentalists’ lobby was formidable, but the association would fight it, he said.

Cheranda Nanda Subbaiah, former president of the association, was present.

-The Hindu

Rs. 7 crore to develop sports infrastructure in Kodagu

Madikeri: The State Government has released Rs. 7 crore to develop sports infrastructure in Kodagu, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, Madikeri MLA, said on Saturday.

He was addressing a gathering at Maragodu, 15 km from here, at a function to inaugurate the 16th district-level Sangam Trophy Football tournament. A modern stadium would come up at Kudige in Somwarapet taluk as the Government had realised the importance of sports and games, Mr. Ranjan said.

Stating that construction of an indoor stadium and development of the General K.S. Thimayya Stadium were going on in Madikeri, he said rural sportspersons needed more encouragement.

The Government had also given a boost to develop tourism in Kodagu by releasing Rs. 3.5 crore.

Of the amount, Rs. 1.36 crore would be utilised to develop the Raja Seat here.

A sum of Rs. 36 lakh would be spent on the development of the Male Mahadeshwarabetta in Somwarpet taluk. Work on developing the Mallalli Falls in Somwarpet taluk and the Abbi Falls near here was on, Mr. Ranjan said.

President of the Kodagu District Football Association (KDFA) A. Lokesh Kumar, who inaugurated the function, lauded the Sangam Yuvaka Sangha of Maragodu for promoting sports. The KDFA league would be held at Ammathi from December 5 to 13. The district team would be selected during the tournament, he said.

K.K. Ranju, president of the Sangam Yuvaka Sangha, one of the organisers, presided over the function.

The opening match was inaugurated by P.H. Dhanya and P.C. Sarita from the Bharathi High School, Maragodu, who have been selected for the national rural football team from Kodagu.

 -The Hindu