Bride-to-be loses parents in accident

For this bride-to-be, Sunday brought shattering news: she lost her parents while her brother and sister were severely injured in a road accident on Mysore-Madikeri road. Bylakuppe police have registered a case.

The family of five preparing for Poonam’s wedding early March had gone to Bangalore for shopping and started for Somawarpet late Saturday evening. But Poonam’s father Mahesh (58) and mother Sheela (45) died when their van ploughed into a roadside lorry near Bylakuppe on Mysore-Kodagu border in the wee hours. The couple’s daughter Manaswi and son Puneeth who were injured are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city. The condition of the two is critical.

Poonam, who went for the shopping with her family, was travelling in another vehicle with her fiance Sachin while the van was following them. She had no idea that her family was involved in an accident till they called. Though they rushed to help them, it took some time to extricate the the van from the lorry. By the time it was too late for Mahesh: he died at the spot. His wife Sheela died on the way to the hospital, police said. The injured children were rushed to Mysore.

Manaswi is working at a coffee curing works at Somwarpet while Puneeth is an employee of an MNC. Poonam’s wedding with Sachin from Kushalnagar is scheduled in March.

-TOI

Stalemate over regional science centre/ MU Refuses To Allow Institute On Its College

Mangalore University and the Kodagu district administration have locked horns over the proposed regional science centre in Madikeri.

The BJP-JD(S) government had sanctioned the project for the establishment of a science centre in Madikeri. The then science and technology and Kodagu district incharge minister Ramachandragowda got an initial sanction of Rs 1 crore for the project. The amount is still unused.

Former deputy commissioner Baladevakrishna had reserved four acres of land on Field Marshal Cariappa College (FMCC) site. When the project had to be channelised Mangalore University vice-chancellor Prof Shivashankaramurthy wrote a letter to the deputy commissioner not to commence the work on the F M College premises.

Speaking to The Times of India Shivashankaramurthy said as per education policies, the university can lend its land only for university activities. The state higher education department under secretary had also sent a letter to the deputy commissioner supporting this move.

Meanwhile, present deputy commissioner Ashwathnarayan Gowda confirmed that FMCC has just 50 cents of land on record and the government has 31.12 acres, and that the proposed science centre can come up on the four acres of land reserved for the purpose.

Speaking to The Times of India, Mangalore University registrar Chinnappa Gowda said that the university will use the land only for its educational purposes. He said he had recently met the Kodagu DC and requested him to start the science centre elsewhere rather than on the college site. The University has claimed Record of Tenancy and Crop (RTC) for the 31.12 acres of land in favour of FMC College. However, the University will not clash with the revenue department on the issue, he said. The proposed science centre in the college site will be more beneficial for primary students than college students, Gowda felt.

-TOI

Submit applications for coffee insurance

Coffee growers may file applications seeking coffee crop insurance for 2011 by February 25 at the offices of the Coffee Board in Kodagu to avail themselves of the benefit, a press release from the Deputy Director of the Coffee Board said here on Sunday.

The crop insurance would cover blossom showers, post-blossom shower, pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods, involving Robusta and Arabica varieties. Growers should submit RTC, coffee registration certificates (CRCs), proof of identity and the premium amount at the Coffee Board’s offices.

-The Hindu