New bus service to Mallapuram begins

Madikeri: KSRTC introduced a new inter-State Karnataka Sarige express bus service from Madikeri to Mallapuram in Kerala from Wednesday.

Vivek Poovaiah from the Movement for the Welfare of Community and Environment (MOWCE), who works closely with KSRTC, said here in a statement that the bus would depart from Madikeri at 7 a.m. via Virajpet (8.10 a.m.), Ammathi (8.30 a.m.), Polibetta (8.50 a.m.), Gonicoppa (9.30 a.m.), Balele (10.10 a.m.), H.D. Kote (11.05 a.m.), Nanjangud (12.20 p.m.), Gundlupet (1.15 p.m.) and pass through Bandipur, Mudhumalai, Theppakadu, Gudalur, Nilambur, Manjeri before arriving at Mallapuram at 6.15 p.m. In the return direction, the bus would leave Mallapuram at 6.30 a.m. passing through Manjeri (7 a.m.), Nilambur (7.30 a.m.), Gudalur (8.30 a.m.). It would take the Theppakadu, Mudhumalai, Bandipur route to reach Gundlupet at 11.45 a.m.

From there, the bus would proceed to Nanjangud (12.20 p.m.) and H.D. Kote (2 p.m.) and pass through Karmadu to reach Balele (3.10 p.m.), Gonicoppa (3.55 p.m.), Polibetta (4.15 p.m.) and Virajpet (4.40 p.m.) before arrivingin Madikeri at 5.30 p.m., Mr. Poovaiah said.

The service was provided with advance reservation facility. It was expected to benefit business travellers and plantation workers, he said.

-The Hindu

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Stranded elephant driven back into forest

Madikeri: A female elephant stranded in a paddy field at the tribal settlement of Karehadlu hadi near Thithimathi in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu since Tuesday, made it back to the forests on Wednesday, following the arrival of tamed elephants from a nearby elephant camp, according to information received here on Wednesday.Assistant Conservator of Forests, Thithimathi, Alexander told The Hindu that the elephant, which had strayed into field with its two-year-old calf, appeared to be in an intoxicated state.

The animal reportedly drank “puliganji”, the brew for making illicit liquor, normally kept buried in huge cans in forest areas and was seen lying in the fields.

Two elephants — Bharatha and Ashoka — were brought in to drive back the “sleeping giant” to the forests. Ashoka refused to go near the female elephant, which however walked back into the forest on seeing Bharata.

The animal, estimated to be 30 years old, looked healthy, Mr. Alexander said.

The calf too ran back to the forest, he added. -The Hindu

Ailing elephant dies at Dubare camp

Madikeri: Thirty-two-year-old elephant Vijaya died at the Dubare Elephant Camp, near Kushalnagar in Kodagu distict on Friday.

The mammal was captured during “Operation Elephant” that was taken up in the district in January 2009 at the Avaregunda forests in the Dubare Reserve Forests range.

It had fallen sick six months ago, but its condition had worsened three months ago, sources told The Hindu. Veterinarian Srinivas was treating the elephant but the end came on Friday morning. Postmortem was conducted and the carcass burnt in the forests the same evening.

Tourists were not allowed to enter the Dubare Elephant Camp. Elephant safari was cancelled for the day. Deputy Conservator of Forests, Madikeri Division, P.B. Karunakar, Assistant Conservator of Forests Shashidhar, Range Forest Officer M.S. Chinnappa visited the spot.

 – DHNews

Thimmaiah wins fastest rider award

Kushalnagar’s Den Thimmaiah won the fastest rider award for the fourth consecutive year at the Jaycee Autocross 2010 track rally. 

Last year’s champion, Shahabhashkhan of Mysore won the championship in the two-wheeler category.  Ponnampet Jaycees had organised state-level two-wheeler and four-wheeler open track rally Jaycee Autocross 2010 at Begurkolli.

It was thrilling for the spectators who were cheering for their riders. Barring heat and dust arising from the ground, the competitors were seen rushing in the track.

In two-wheeler Coorg Local open class category, Mohammed Farook of Virajpet won the first place followed by Manikanta of Gonikoppa and Sooraj Mandanna of Maithadi.

In two stroke open class, Shahabhash Khan won first, Mohammed Irfan (II) and R E Rajendra of Shimoga (III). In four-stroke open class, R E Rajendra of Shimoga won first place followed by Imthiyaz Ashraf of Bangalore and K S Rohith of Mysore finishing third. In Indian Open class division, Shahabhashkhan won first place, Mohammed Ashraf won second and Seyyed Idayuthulla won third place. In novice class, Sayyed Idayuthulla won first, Hemanth (II) and Mohammed Farooq (III).

In four-wheeler division Coorg Local Open Class, Den Thimmaiah of Kushalnagar won first place followed by Adithya of Virajpet and S C Ganapathy of Athur.

Adithya won first place R D Patil of Chikmagalur (II) and B P Jauakumar of Besagur (III) in 800 cc category. In 1000 cc to 1,400 cc category, Den Thimmaiah of Kushalnagar won first place. In 1400 cc to 1600 CC division, Sridharan N Arasu won first place, Den Thimmaiah won second place. Den Thimmaiah won first place in Indian Open Class. Best Tuner award was given to Johnson of Mysore.

The rally was flagged off by DySP Annappa Nayak. 

-DHNews

Kodava family hockey tourney from today

Having created waves in the previous years, the annual Kodava family hockey tournament promises a bigger show this time around when the 14th edition kicks off at Ponnampet on April 18.
 
‘Maneyapanda 20-10’ will be held at Ponnampet Government PU College maidan.

The main maidan for the hockey utsav has been decked. The main entrance gate of PU College has been decorated. Flex banners and advertisements are seen in and around the maidan. A stage has been erected in the mini stadium. On the right side, seating arrang ements have been made to accommodate 3,000 VIPs. The work on steel gallery has been completed. Steel gallery can accommodate 12,000 spectators at a time. The work on cleaning the chairs were seen at VIP gallery and stage on Saturday. Several stalls have come up near the entrance gate. The work on the construction of state of the art stalls are in final stage.

Two maidans have been set for the Maneyapanda 20-10 hockey utsav. The matches will commence from 9.30 am on Sunday, said Utsav committee office-bearers M C Belliappa and M M Ganapathy. Six matches will be played.

In the afternoon, Union Minister of Sports M S Gill and Lieutenant General Chengappa will inaugurate the tournament. There will be a special march fast by 4 members each from 214 teams which have registered for the utsav. There will be match between Indian hockey team and Kodagu 11 on the occasion.

-Deccan Herald

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Road-widening: residents seek time & compensation in Sunticoppa

Madikeri: Residents of Sunticoppa town, 15 km from here, sought more time to part with their land for road-widening, as part of the KushalnagarSunticoppaMadikeri stretch being developed by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL).

The Sunticoppa stretch is part of the Mysore-KushalnagarMadikeri-Bantwal road.

M.A. Vasant, who heads the “Heddari Virodi Samiti”, said in an informal chat with presspersons here on Thursday that the KRDCL announced on Wednesday that houses and shops which had cut into the boundaries marked by the Public Works Department earlier for widening, would have to be vacated before April 20.

This had come as a shock to the residents, Mr. Vasant added.

As many as 163 residents in Sunticoppa town would lose a part of their property to road-widening, he said.

Compensation

The district administration should consider providing compensation to the affected people, Mr. Vasant said.

The samiti was also exploring legal options, he added.

Some residents expressed fear that the road in Sunticoppa would be widened by 40 m.

However, a source in the Public Works Department told The Hindu that the road would be widened by 18 m along the Sunticoppa stretch.

Fears of the residents were unfounded as boundary stones were fixed after measuring the width of the road for widening nearly seven years ago, the source said.

KRDCL would not require any land beyond the boundary stones and the question of paying compensation would not arise, the source added.

-The Hindu

Hockey players put up with meagre facilities at hostel

Madikeri: Ignace Tirkey has played his heart out in many a hockey match for India. Tirkey, who is playing for Army Red in the Super Division Hockey League matches here, had to sleep on the floor for four days at the old Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel at the District Stadium here since April 12, until his “luck” changed on Friday.

Winner of many awards, including the Padma Shri, Tirkey had to put up with the meagre facilities at the hostel. Not many knew who Tirkey was.

If he had been a cricketer he would have been mobbed by crowds for autographs, said Uthappa, who plays for Army Green and is staying in the same hostel.

Wait for water tanker 

Tirkey, like Uthappa (who hails from Kolakeri near Napoklu), had to wait for the water tanker to arrive in the morning every day to take bath.

 Kuimanda Kiran, one of the umpires officiating in the Super Division League, alerted Siddu Chowshetti, owner of a private hotel here, about the plight of Tirkey and also of Sunil Ekka, another Indian international playing for the Army Red. Mr. Chowshetti invited Tirkey and Ekka to stay in his hotel for free, near the Raja Seat Gardens.

 “I hope other players too get similar treatment from the organisers,” said Malettira Srinivas, another umpire officiating in the matches.

 “Give the players better accommodation and food during tournaments and it will result in better performance from them,” Tirkey told The Hindu while watching the match being played between Fortis and the Army Green on Friday. “All my other friends (players) too should have got better accommodation and food,” he added.

 Hopeful

 However, these days facilities are definitely better than what they used to be, said Tirkey, who is nursing a knee injury. “I hope to get back into the Indian team soon,” he added.

Jeevan Chinnappa

 -The Hindu

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