Flower show beckons visitors at former MP’s garden residence

A FEAST FOR THE EYES:A flower arrangement at the residence of the former MP F.M. Khan near Madikeri on Friday.

Over 80 varieties of vivacious flowers, most of them rare kinds, over 1,000 flowerpots showcasing dazzling flowers, are beckoning visitors to the Balayatrie Estate at Boikeri, near here, belonging to the former MP F.M. Khan. The show unfolded on Friday.

Spread over one acre of land near his home, the flowers were in full bloom and visitors are welcome to the “Flower University”, said Mr. Khan. The 40-foot cactus is inspiring. It has withstood the vagaries of nature for many years. Magnificent roses, dahlia, coxcomb, bonsai, chrysanthemum, succulents, foliage and annual plants adore Mr. Khan’s garden.

The annual flower show being organised by Mr. Khan, once a close associate of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is the 12th in the series at his residence here. He has been doing it for the last 40 years, starting from Delhi, Mr. Khan said. The gardening habit founded by his father, the late Yousuf Ali Khan, still continues as a family tradition at Mr. Khan’s place. There is not much enthusiasm from the people to go for huge flower shows although every home in Kodagu boasts a garden, Mr. Khan says. One can grow all types of flowers, irrespective of the season, whether it is cold or hot in Kodagu, he adds.

Mr. Khan indicated that he had plans to collect seeds and sell them in future to flower lovers to make garden shows in homes popular in Kodagu district.

-The Hindu

High bacterial content in water blamed

Very high bacterial content in drinking water consumed by the people attending the wedding in Somwarpet on January 29 and 30 had caused nausea and dysentery among those who drank the contaminated water, according to official reports received here on Friday.

The water that was tested under the MPN (most probable number) method at the District Surveillance unit here had shown “180 colonies of coliformis” (coliformis is bacteria) in the water which was unfit for human consumption, Satish, District Surveillance Officer told The Hindu.

It had caused severe nausea, vomiting in some cases, and dysentery among the people. Drinking water should have zero colony of coliformis, but it could be tolerated up to five colonies, Dr. Satish said.

Stool samples had been sent for examination to the Mysore Medical College and according to unofficial reports it had turned out to be sterile, meaning no growth was found.

Dr. Satish, who is camping in Somwarpet hospital, said that cases had not been reported today but some persons, who were treated as outpatients, came back complaining of nausea. The owner of the private marriage hall had announced compensation to the kin of Krishnappa, one of the affected, who died of renal failure on Wednesday. The owner had announced compensation to those who were affected.

Dr. Satish, quoting local people from Igoor area in Somwarpet, said Krishnappa had a history of kidney problem. According to doctors, Krishnappa had died of “uraemic encephalopathy”, a condition prompted by severe dehydration. Postmortem was conducted at the Somwarpet hospital on Thursday.

-The Hindu

Water contamination at wedding hall claims one

A man who had taken ill after consuming food and water at a marriage in Somwarpet in Kodagu on January 29 and 30, died while he was being shifted to another hospital in Mysore on Wednesday night. Over 50 people were admitted to the District Hospital here since Wednesday with complaints of nausea — vomiting in some cases — and dysentery.

The victim was identified as Krishnappa (45). Doctors said that he died of “uraemic encephalopathy”, a condition prompted by severe dehydration. Fifty three people are being treated at the District Hospital here.

Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, zilla panchayat member Ravi Kushalappa, and District Social Welfare Officer Rajesh Gowda visited the District Hospital. The bridegroom, Annappa from Igoor in Somwarpet taluk in Kodagu, and the bride, Bharati from Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada district, are recuperating in the hospital.

According to the District Surveillance unit here, “bacterial contamination of water” was the reason for the illnesses. However, official cause would be ascertained only tomorrow. District Surgeon Ajith Kumar told The Hindu at the hospital that Krishnappa was brought in a bad state and he died of renal failure. A few people who were admitted on Monday and Tuesday were being discharged from the hospital, Dr. Kumar said. Hospital authorities had arranged for beds on the veranda for want of space in the wards. The patients included a two-year-old and the sister of the bride. So far, 185 people were treated as outpatients at the Somwarpet hospital and 126 admitted. Of the 126, 41 were referred to the District Hospital here on Wednesday and a few others from the nearby areas ame on their own. “We will probe the issue thoroughly”, Mr. Gowda said after visiting the hospital here in the morning.

Mr. Gowda instructed Dr. Kumar to buy enough medicines by utilising the Arogya Raksha Samit funds, if need be. He said that he would be issuing notices to all marriage and community halls and hotels to check the quality of drinking water in view of public safety.

-The Hindu

Kodagu ZP chiefs likely to be unanimous choice

The election to the post of Zilla Panchayat President and Vice-President will be held on February 7. It is almost clear that the two posts will be elected unanimously.
The post of Zilla Panchayat President was reserved for General category and Vice-President for SC (woman). There are 29 seats in Zilla Panchayat. Of which, the BJP has won 21 seats. The Congress has won six seats and JD(S) has won 2 seats. According to sources in BJP, there are all possibilities of Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah’s supporter Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa being elected as the President of Zilla Panchayat. Kodandera Ganapathy of Bittangala, Bharathish of Suntikoppa, Ballaranda Mani Uthappa of Valnoor Thyagathur were the aspirants for the post of President.

In fact, MLA M P Appachu Ranjan’s supporter Bharathish is also trying his level best to become the President.

There is a fight between H M Cauvery who had won from Ammathi and Indiramma from Hebbale constituency for the post of Vice-President. In fact, Ammathi and Hebbale constituecies were the only two constitiencies reserved for the SC (woman) in the district.

Both Indiramma and H M Cauvery are highly educated. If educational qualification was the yardstick for electing vice-president, then both are eligible for the post. If the BJP is going by seniority, then there are chances of Indiramma being elected to the post, said sources. The BJP leaders are yet to take decision on candidate for Vice-President post.


Madikeri may get mini – buses soon

Mysore division Deputy Transport Commissioner C P Narayanaswamy assured that efforts will be made to introduce mini buses within Madikeri town. 

Speaking at transport adalat organised at General Thimmaiah Memorial Bhavana which houses RTO office, he said in the backdrop of growing city, there is a need for city buses for the poor labourers and school children.

He directed the KSRTC Manager to submit a proposal on the route for mini buses to the RTO at the earliest.

District Chamber of Commerce President G Chidwilas said there is a need to introduce mini bus service to Stone Hill, Golf Maidan, Abbey falls, Sampige Katte, Gaddige, Dechoor and Raja Rajeshwari Temple.

The Deputy Transport Commissioner said that no buses should ply without license in the district.

Kodagu district Private Bus Owners Association President Hosur Ramesh Joyappa said several KSRTC buses ply without license in the district.

Kodlipete Chamber of Commerce Girish said as there is no bus facility between Madikeri and Arakalagoodu, the residents are put to hardship.

The Deputy Transport Commissioner directed the KSRTC Manager to provide bus connectivity at the earliest.


Is the Bane land issue in Kodagu jinxed?

The issue of finding a permanent solution to the vexed Bane lands (Bane is a form of land tenure) problem in Kodagu at the State Government level appears to be running into more complications.

The issue is yet to come up before the Cabinet as promised by all those from Kodagu who had spoken in favour of an early solution.

The lasting solution that was ‘definitely’ in sight with regard to Bane lands had eluded all so far.

The lasting solution contained in the draft copy placed at the first meeting held in October 2010 was that landholders would get rights over Bane lands irrespective of whether the Bane land is cultivated or not.

Another proposal was that landholders would have to pay 20 per cent of the value of the trees on Bane lands to be able to own them. However, felling would be subject to the rules of the Forest Department.

The first meeting was attended by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, and the former MLC A.K. Subbaiah. The second meeting held in the last week of November 2010 had ended without a result. It was attended by M.C. Nanaiah, MLC.

The matter was to have come up before the Cabinet on Thursday (February 3), but the Principal Secretary, Department of Revenue, is said to have sought time to “study” the matter.

It is said that certain groups of environmentalists and a prominent political leader from Kodagu had demanded a debate on the subject.

Mr. Bopaiah, had consulted the MLC, A.K. Subbaiah, who is well versed with every aspect of Bane land issue.

The contention of the State Government that Bane lands in Kodagu were forest lands had lost merit after the BJP Government withdrew the controversial revenue circulars (of October 2006 and January 2007) on June 11, 2008.

The circulars had put restrictions on the cultivation of Bane lands and bringing it under assessment. Such assessed lands would give the landholder rights over the lands.

This is in consistent with the High Court orders (pertaining to Chekkera Poovaiah Vs State of Karnataka case).

However, the draft copy placed at the first meeting in Bangalore in October last had suggested that rights over Bane lands could be given irrespective of cultivation.

Mr. Nanaiah had written to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa expressing apprehension that efforts were on to remove the word “Jamma”, which was a special privilege being enjoyed by certain people of Kodagu, mainly Kodavas.

If the word was “dropped” it would rob the local people of “Coorg by race” tag and also certain other Jamma holders of the privilege to hold fire arms without having to obtain licence (they just required to possess exemption certificates).

Controversy had surrounded the Bane land issue in Kodagu. An observation made by the Conservator of Forests, Kodagu Circle, sometime ago that all Bane lands that had been converted as “paradheena” (“paradheena”is Bane lands cultivated and assessed for revenue and it gives occupancy rights to the landholder) since the coming into being of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act (KLRA) from April 1, 1964, was invalid.

-The Hindu