Enumerators sight 179 elephants

The enumerators have sighted 179 elephants during census in Pushpagiri, Talacauvery, Brahmagirir wildlife division in Kodagu Forest Circle. 

The elephant census programme was held in Karanataka, Kerala, Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on May 16 and 17. In Karnataka, census was held at Chamarajanagara, Kodagu, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur districts and Bannerghatta.

On the first day of the census, the enumerators had sighted 7 elephants in Pushpagiri wildlife division, 9 in Talacauvery and 41 in Brahmagiri wildlife division. Similarly, they had sighted 55 in Thithimathi, Ponnampete and Virajpet limits, 16 in Tata Coffee estate limits, 30 in Kushalnagar limits, 16 in Somwarpet, 3 in Shanivarasanthe limits and 2 in Sampaje area, said Kodagu Circle Conservator of Forest K B Markandeya.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said the enumerators can not visit every nook and corner in the forest within such a short period. They have sighted the elephants they have seen in 50 per cent of the forest.”

The census was carried out scientifically by identifyiung the elephant corridors, elephant dung and streams which are found inside the forest. After collecting information, the details have been sent to Bangalore. Based on the information, scientists from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Dehradun will estimate the number of elephants in Kodagu. This will take atleast three to four months,” he added.

The census was carried out by forest department officials and volunteers. The previous census was held in 2005. The census will help the Centre and State government to take steps to maintain elephant zones. It will also help to control elephant menace, he informed.


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New Kodava movie – Jadi Male

“Jadi Male,” a Kodava movie produced by Mullengada Madhosh Poovaiah from Virajpet will be released at Nayana talkies in Gonicoppa on May 21. This is the eighth Kodava movie in the history of Kodava cinema, and it will be released under the banner of Amritheshwari Picture Productions, Bangalore, by Legislative Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah.

Chammatira Praveen, assistant director of the film, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the theme of “Jadi Male”, meaning downpour, had universal appeal. The special feature of the movie was that all aspects of production involved people hailing from Kodagu.

The film stars Nellamakada Sampath Somanna, Iynanda Kanav Bopanna and Kattera Denu Achappa in lead roles. Tatanda Prabha Nanaiah, Singur M. Poovaiah, Cheppudira Muddappa, Derapanda Revathi, Thitharamada Ronia, Chandangada Seema, Appachira Kamalaand Kaliyanda Prakash comprise the supporting cast, he said. Machettira Jenith Aiyappa and Appaneravanda Shanti Achappa make a guest appearance.

The story is by director Bachamada Vishu and Mullengada Revathi Poooviah has penned the lyrics. Cinematography is by Kodengada Umesh.

The movie, with a budget of Rs. 25 lakh, was shot over a period of 35 days in Kodagu, Chikmagalur and Bangalore.

The movie is slated for release in Madikeri, Mysore and Bangalore.

Mr. Bopaiah, will launch the movie at 10 a.m. on

-The Hindu

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Annual flower show begins in Raja Seat, Madikeri

Madikeri: Steps will be initiated to improve the aesthetics of Raja Seat gardens to attract more tourists, said Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, here on Saturday. He was inaugurating a three-day annual flower and horticulture show.

The show would be a break from routine and people should come in good numbers to watch it, Mr. Gowda said. However, rain, just before the inauguration, proved to be a dampener. The figure of goddess Cauvery, made out of flowers, was the high point of the show.

Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture Devarajappa, Madikeri City Municipal Commissioner Srikanth Rao, Joint Director of Agriculture K.R. Krishnaiah and Information Officer Vinod Chandra were the guests.

Members of the Raja Seat Development Committee Naveen Kushalappa, M.P. Muthappa and Monty Ganesh were present.

Stalls have been set up at the Gandhi Maidan nearby, selling nursery plants, flowers and seeds. Cultural programmes have been scheduled in the evenings.

-The Hindu

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