Dog sterilisation camp begins

Madikeri: A 10-day, free birth control and anti-rabies immunisation camp for stray dogs began here on Saturday. The camp is organised by the Animal Relief Coorg (ARC), an animal welfare organisation, in association with the City Municipal Council (CMC).

Advanced CNVR method — catch, neuter, vaccinate and release — is being deployed by a team of four veterinary doctors who perform “key-hole” surgeries on dogs. A team of trained dog catchers has arrived from Mysore to catch stray dogs and take them to the CMC school next to Shanti Church, the field camp’s venue.

The animal birth control method is an effective and humane way to control stray dog population and recommended by the World Health Organisation, said ARC president Leila Alvares.

Vinay More, project coordinator, told presspersons at the camp that killing or relocating stray dogs would not help reduce their population — it would keep multiplying. Besides, relocating dogs would lead to fights, which might increase the risk of dog bites for people.

The first one hour of the camp everyday is reserved for pet dogs, but few turned up on Saturday with their dogs. Dog owners would have to pay Rs. 750 per dog for the surgery.

Mr. More said they plan to sterilise at least 400 dogs at the camp.

Each surgery cost Rs. 515, he said. CMC president P.D. Ponnappa said the CMC would pay Rs. 445 per dog. The remaining amount, besides expenses of transportation, would be borne by ARC.

-The Hindu

33 couples take marriage vows in Madikeri

As many as 33 couple entered into wedlock during the mass marriage organised by Al-ameen organisation here on Sunday.

The event was meant for the benefit of poor and orphan women. Each bride was gifted with 40 gm jewellry, one pair of dress, while the groom also got a pair of dress. MLC M C Nanaiah, former MLA K M Ibrahim and Athur’s Syed Ibrahim Hadi Tangal took part.  So far, a total of 165 Muslim women have got married through the mass marriages organised by the Al-ameen.

The organisation has decided to conduct marriages of at least 25 Muslim females every year. Office bearers of the organisation said about Rs 26 lakh has been spent for the event. As per the ‘Adarsha Vivaha’ scheme of the government, if more than 25 pairs get marry together, each pair will get Rs 10,000. Hence, the pairs who got married on Sunday too will be getting Rs 10,000 each.

Speaking on the occasion, MLC and former minister M C Nanaiah said the leaders of all religions should strive towards cleansing their religion from blind beliefs.  “With the feeling that only their religion is superior, some people are trying to instigate violence and unrest in the society. Instead, they should strive for maintaining peace and harmony,” he said, blessing the couples.

– DeccanHerald

2010 Kodava family hockey tie released

The Maneyapanda family, to which national athlete Ashwini Nachappa belongs to released the ties of Kodava Family Hockey festival.

The family hockey tournament will begin on this 18th at Ponnampet and will go on for three weeks. According to the president of Maneyapanda hockey cup, A.Devaiah, about 214 family teams have registered there name and the inaugural match will be played on 18th. An exhibition match will be held on the first day between the Olympic player’s team led by Dhanraj Pillai and Kodagu eleven team. Olympians Arjun Halappa, Cheppudira Poonacha will also be seen playing. Lt.General Ballachanda K.Chengappa will inaugurate the match. Central sports minister Dr.Gill will also take part.

Two grounds at Ponnampet are set for the show and more than fifteen thousand audiences can occupy the pavilion.

The festival has multiple attractions and entertainments. A helicopter raid on ticket will also be organized for the people. The festival committee has decided to ban plastic totally and is tying up with the Gram Panchayath to implement it. The shops and business centers will be asked to abide by this. A NGO would be formed to rid Kodagu from plastic after the festival by opening Green Fund. A sprawling food court area would be organized by Green Leaf brothers from Mysore.

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– ShakthiDaily

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ASC, COE teams win hockey matches

The ASC team has defeated HAL team, which was heading towards leading position by achieving hat trick victories, at the State-level Super Division Hockey Leage at Madikeri on Thursday.

The ASC team scored 2 goals against 0 to win the match against HAL at the League being organised by Coorg Hockey Association and Karnataka State Hockey Association. Due to the strategy of both the teams, both could not score a goal till the half time. HAL had a penalty corner which was transformed into a goal.

Centre of Excellence (COE) team defeated Army Green team by 2-1 in another league tournament.

Meanwhile, MEG team defeated Central EXcellence team in a league tournament earlier by 4-2. Sahayam took two goals for MEG, which played a decisive role for the victory of the team.
-DH News Service

National level hokey league match in madikeri

The national level hokey league match began here today with a happy note.

Players and empires from all over India have gathered at Madikeri. The astro turf ground is decorated with a temporary gallery erected to hold a gathering of ten thousand. MLC M.C.Nanaiah today inaugurated the first match played between Central excise team and Central team of Excellence. Second match was played between MLI and HAL.

The Hockey league matches would be played till 25th of this month. The winners would receive bountiful prizes and trophies.The first prize would be a cash prize of rupees 1.5 lakhs and a 5.5 feet high trophy, second would be rupees one lakh and third would receive rupees fifty thousand.

Hockey association state president Krishnamurthy and district president Mohan Aiyappa and others were present.

– ShakthiDaily

Elephant receives 4 gun shots

The forest officials yesterday treated a wild elephant receiving gun shot from unknown persons.

A frenzied tusker with two huge ivories was rampaging the estates around Siddapur since three days creating tension. People noticed the restless tusker suffering pain in between. There was wound and swelling near genitals and a leg.

Yesterday the tusker had become very weak and was rubbing the wound against trees.

Forest department had kept a watch after receiving complaints. As the pachyderm rested on the ground, the department doctors administered medicine. The doctors noticed about four gunshots in the body. Some were old and the wounds were souring.

As it was co operating, the officers said that the tusker would be shifted to Dubare elephant camp with the help of tamed elephants. Range Forest officer Monnappa and doctor Srinivas were present.