Len Aiyappa powers AI home

Veteran Len Aiyappa fired a brilliant hat-trick, including a last-gasp winner, to power Air India to battling 3-2 victory over Namdhari XI in a charged-up Ozone Group State Super Division League hockey championship match here on Tuesday.

Len Aiyappa

Having earned a last-minute penalty corner and the sound of the hooter already gone, the ace drag-flicker kept his composure amidst heavy tension, rifling home a powerful shot to trigger wild eruptions in a nervous Air India camp at the KSHA stadium.

The victory lifted unbeaten Air India to second place with 21 points from seven matches while Indian Oil Corporation, who beat Army Red 5-3 in the evening, stay at pole with 24 points from eight matches.

Namdhari, who began the feisty encounter in bright fashion, will have only themselves to blame for suffering a late self destruction that eventually cost them a point at least. Striker Malak Singh set the tempo for an early Namdhari onslaught when he dribbled past VS Vinay on the right with sudden burst of pace before slamming it past goalkeeper Air India custodian Adrian D’Souza for the opening goal in the seventh minute.

Wiith their tails and confidence up, Namdhari controlled the pace of the match brilliantly. They attacked and defended in numbers, creating continuous chances with their spirited runs and thwarting most of Air India’s raids yards ahead of the striking circle.

Aiyappa, however, brought Air India back with a 25th minute equaliser before Harpreet Singh restored the lead for Namdhari XI in the 37th minute. Post the goal, Namdhari slipped into the defensive before violant tackles from Harpreet (67th) and Harmeet Singh (68th) left them two men short in the dying moments. Air India gleefully capitalised, scripting a terrific come-from-behind win.

Results: SAI: 4 (Nikkin Thimmaiah 2nd, Naveen 28th, Pradhan Somanna 64th, Uthappa SK 69th) bt ASC: 2 (Sarajan Tutti 60th); Air India: 3 (Len Aiyappa 25th, 61st, 70th) bt Namdhari XI: 2 (Malak Singh 7th, Harpreet Singh 37th); IOCL: 5 (Hamza Mujtaba 16th, VR Raghunath 24th, 62nd, Deepak Thakur 41st, 42nd) bt Army Red: 3 (Ignace Tirkey 6th, Rajesh Lakra 55th, S Ali 69th).
Karntaka State Women’s Hockey Association League
Hassan HC: 3 (Rangitha N 15th, 19th, Spurthi 32nd) bt MCC: 0; SAI, Madikeri: 9 (Bhavya 4th, 6th, 17th, Nichitha MJ 5th, 29th, 32nd, Yashasvini 16th, 37th, Bhavya BC 21st) bt Naveen HC: 0; Bishop Cotton Girls HS: 3 (Nikitha B Kumar 16th, Disha Sharma 25th, Ruchitha 27th) bt Belgaum XI: 1 (Devkita Sildar 23rd); Sports Hostel, Kudige: 8 (Supriya 4th, Vidyalakshmi 8th, Jyothi NP 13th, 17th, 24th, Veena 25th, Ramya N 22nd, 27th) bt Zenith Club: 0.

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Traditional dance marks mela opening at Napoklu

GRACEFUL:Kodava women perform Ummathat dance at the Kodava Samskrutika Mela at Napoklu in Kodagu on Monday.

Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy president Rani Machaiah on Monday called upon the Kodava-speaking groups to foster the unique Kodava culture to perpetuate it for posterity.

She was addressing a gathering at the Madikeri taluk Kodava Samskritika Mela (Kodava cultural convention) held at the Napoklu Kodava Samaja premises in Madikeri taluk, an official release said here.

The academy had been doing its best to preserve the unique Kodava culture by organising various cultural programmes across the district, she said. The Virajpet taluk convention would be held in Birunani on February 7 and in Somwarpet taluk in March, Ms. Machaiah said.

The traditional Bolakkat dance was inaugurated by Neriyandammanda Prabhu, Ummathat by Ikolanda Dotty Aiyappa, Kolatt by Mechira Ravishankar Nanaiah and Kodava song competitions by Boppanda Bollamma Nanaiah.

The former president of the Academy Bacharaniyanda P. Appanna presented a paper on the history of Nalnad area, comprising Napoklu and surrounding areas, at a seminar later.

There were five taluks in Kodagu in 1834 and several ‘nads’ (nad is a group of villages), he said. However, they had undergone geographic changes, Mr. Appanna said.

There were 26 villages in the Napoklu nad. The credit of preserving the Kodava culture should go to Napoklu nad, he added.

Mr. Appanna remembered the contributions of Kodavas of the past to nurture Kodava culture such as Appachira Mandanna, Kaliyatanda Ponnappa, writers such as Appaneravanda Appacha and Nadikeriyanda Chinnappa, all of whom hailed from the Nalnad area (Napoklu and surrounding areas).

Biddatanda Ramesh Chengappa, vice-president of the Napoklu Kodava Samaja, presided over the function.

Writer Moovera Rekha Prakash spoke on the history of Cauvery on the occasion.

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-The Hindu

Kodagu Congress chief to take charge on February 2

B.T. Pradeep, Kodagu District Congress Committee president, will assume charge on Wednesday. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara and other senior leaders of the party will attend the function.

Mr. Pradeep will replace Veena Achaiah, who resigned recently.

Mr. Pradeep told presspersons here on Monday that for the first time many senior leaders of the party from the State were participating with a message to strengthen the party base in Kodagu from the grassroots level.

They included Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and senior party leaders Ambarish, A.H. Vishwanath, B.L. Shankar, Dinesh Gundu Rao, N.A. Haris, Tanveer Sait, Rani Satish, and K.J. George, Mr. Pradeep said.

Congress leaders from Kodagu T. John, M.M. Nanaiah, Suma Vasant and Mittu Chengappa would be present, Mr. Pradeep said.

Asked whether the Congress in Kodagu intended to take back the “deserters”, Mr. Pradeep said a decision to this effect would be taken after the gram panchayat elections in Gonicoppa and Ponnampet, slated for February 6.

He would elicit the opinion of party leaders in this regard.

-The Hindu

Rosewood auction fetches rupees 3.93 crores

The first day rosewood auction on Saturday fetched rupees 3.92 crores.

Rosewood auction will be held for three days at Thithimathi timber depot. The auction is held after a gap as the earlier auction was blocked, alleging misdeeds. Lokayukta conducted raid earlier and had arrested officials alleging underhand dealing in the auctioning.

This time, the three day auction is held under strict instructions and arrangements. Video shooting of the whole process is also held to prove transparency.

Timber merchants and buyers from various states have also arrived to buy the timber. Rosewood is found in large quantity for auction and there is scarcity of teak wood. The officials present in the auction said that the rosewood is sold at a high price of rupees 8700 per cubic feet against the normal price between 1500 and 3500. Hectic competition is noticed to buy rosewood. Rosewood has a record price of rupees ten thousand fetched at Kushalnagar depot per cubic feet.