Kakotuparambu wins ‘Nestle Kodagu hockey cup’

In a tightly fought hockey finals, the team from Kakotuparambu surprised the hockey lovers by winning the prestigious Nestle Kodagu Hockey Cup in its maiden entry into tournament.

Slogans and applauses hit the sky as Kakotuparambu team hit the winning sixth goal against the five goals earned by the well played Hathur team. Audience went into frenzy as the winning team clinched the winning goal at the last three minute.

Kakotuparambu Hockey Team

Hathur Hockey Team

Nestle India chairman and managing director Antony Ilio Wazic flew from Delhi to madikeri and inaugurated the finals. Distributing the cups, he assured the people of Kodagu that Nestle will continue to assist Kodagu in its hockey activities. Antony felicitated Puchimada B.harish for his role in hockey tournaments. Antony Ilio Wazic was also felicitated with a Kodava turban.

Nestle distributed free cups of coffee to the audience during the tournament. Coorg Hockey Association president Nellamakkada Mohan Aiyappa, vice president B.S.Thammaiah, secretary Subramani , pratap Chittiappa from Skanda Coffee, Vikram Bellaiappa, Amarjith singh and Gururaj from Nestle India and others were present.

The three day nestle event every year attracts sports lovers from all over Kodagu who gather to witness the lip biting tournamnent.


Balamela held

Kushalnagar: Students should develop interest in science and technology, said Basavanahalli Morarji Desai Residential School Principal K V Suresh.

Speaking at the Bala mela organised by American-India Foundation at Basavanahalli Government High School, he said along with the curriculam students must gain additional knowledge on science and computer.

Guddehosur Gram Panchayat President B C Mallikarjuna said “such melas provide suitable platform for the students to unveil their talents.”

Head teacher R Mehaboobakhan said to provide quality education to the students, such melas are being organised.

Exhibition on science and technology, bio technology, computer, coins were held. Children gave information on telescope to the villagers. 


Private vehicle owners, drivers plan dharna

Madikeri: Members of the Kodagu District Private Jeep Owners and Drivers have decided to stage a dharna in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here on December 4, to protest against the police order to change their white number board (private) vehicles into yellow board taxis by December 15, the president of the association, M. A. Usman, said here on Monday in a news conference.

The association members said they would be led by the Madikeri MLA, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, in the dharna.

The police had come out with the stipulations as there were complaints against the private vehicle owners and drivers that they carried passengers, including labourers to work in coffee plantations and students, in excess of the prescribed numbers.

Operating with white boards had also deprived the RTO of the quarterly tax. (Yellow board vehicles would have to pay quarterly tax).

Mr. Usman said that the members had earlier sought six months to change from white to yellow boards, but now they would insist on continuing with the past practice (operating as taxis with white number boards).

 -The Hindu

‘Influence of English is not a threat to Kannada’

The influence of English language on Kannada will not threaten the existence of the latter or its culture, working president of the M.V. Seetaramaiah Centenary Celebrations Committee, Bangalore, P.V. Narayana, said here on Monday.

He was inaugurating the M.V. Seetaramaiah centenary celebrations and an exhibition of manuscripts and palm leaf inscriptions.

The event also coincided with the Rajyotsava celebrations.

He said that there were only six languages in the world, which were in vogue in the last 2000 years, of which three were in India. They were Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. Kannada had been the medium of expression for the people of Karnataka for many centuries, Mr. Narayana said. Kannada language had a literary history of over 1,500 years, he added.

The president of the Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, T.P. Ramesh, said preserving the manuscripts and palm leaf inscriptions would help foster the rich Kannada culture.

 -The Hindu

Shuja Kushalappa files papers as ‘BJP candidate’

M.P. Shuja Kushalappa, on Monday, accompanied by his supporters, filed nomination papers as a “BJP candidate” to contest the local bodies elections from Kodagu to the Legislative Council on December 18. In all, four candidates have filed nomination papers in Kodagu.

Mr. Medappa, the incumbent, is expected to file nomination papers on Tuesday.

Mr. Kushalappa, who is the younger brother of Madikeri MLA, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, said that Virajpet taluk, from where he hailed, had been neglected in terms of nomination papers for the Legislative Council elections.

He said that he was contesting under pressure from BJP workers. His supporters had endorsed his candidature at a meeting in Virajpet in the morning. Mr. Kushalappa could be considered as an independent in view of the party endorsing Mr. Medappa to run for the second time. (Mr. Medappa’s term ends on January 5 next).

C.P. Gopal, also a BJP worker from Somwarpet, submitted nomination papers today as an independent candidate. The former president of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, H.S. Ashok, was the other candidate to file papers as an independent candidate. S.P. Mahadevappa filed nomination papers as an independent candidate earlier.

Congress candidate, T. John, and official nominee of the BJP, S.G. Medappa, are expected to file their nomination papers on Tuesday, which is the last day for filing nomination papers.

-The Hindu