New train service begins – Kodagu on the map

The Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa recently flagged-off the train service between Anandapuram and Talaguppa in Sagar.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that an additional train will be introduced to Talaguppa in three months to help the people of the region to board the Bangalore-bound trains that start from Shimoga in the afternoon and evening.

Muniyappa complimented the Government of Karnataka for co-operating with the Department of Railways in undertaking new projects in the State on cost-sharing basis. The enthusiasm displayed by the Government of Karnataka is a model for other States, he stated.

Muniyappa admitted that a vast railway network was yet to be developed in Karnataka and added that survey works related to 12 new railway projects were underway in the State. Fresh projects will be undertaken in North, South and Central Karnataka. Kodagu district will also be put on the railway map. The Department of Railways has envisaged a plan to provide train service for Kushalnagar.

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-Sunday Pioneer

Miffed by lover’s betrayal, girl ends life

A 23-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming poison in Kolagadal near Cherambane on Thursday.

According to police, the deceased, Kusuma, took the extreme step after she came to know about her lover’s relationship with another girl. Kusuma was living in with her lover, Ganesh, said police.

On Thursday, she confronted him over the issue and in a fit of anger she consumed poison in the presence of Ganesh. Ganesh rushed Kusuma to her mother’s home and from there to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Police registered a case based on a complaint filed by Kusuma’s brother and arrested Ganesh. Ganesh has been remanded to judicial custody.


New policy will centralize sand extraction

Following the instruction of Karnataka high court, the state government has announced new sand policy. “It will require three months to implement the policy. The sand lease contracts have been extended till September in Kodagu district,” said M R Ravi, Kodagu assistant commissioner.

According to the new policy, the sand extraction and distribution system will be centralized through the department of public works. A committee will be formed under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner and deputy director of the department of mines and geology as its member secretary to identify sand deposits in the district. The committee will notify them after getting clearance from the government.

The department of public works will issue permits for sand extraction, transportation, storage and disposal. The department will also establish check posts to regulate sand transportation in the state.

During the financial year 2010-11, Rs.17,59,250 was collected as fine from illegal sand dealers.


Panchayat to fine plastic bag users

The Pollibetta panchayat has decided to impose fine on merchants and public who use plastic bags from August 1.

The panchayath had banned plastic in August, 2010.

“If a person is found using plastic bags, he\she will have to pay Rs 300 as fine for the first time. Second time offenders will be fined Rs 500,” said panchayat president Kuttanda Nanda. “The panchayat has no place to dump plastic wastes. It is because of that we had taken the decision to ban plastic bags,” the president added.


Don’t fear the king cobra, says expert

When you spot a king cobra, no matter how petrfied you are, stay put. Don’t run for cover, is herpetologist SnakeSatish’s advice.

The king cobra, he says, is a shy creature. “When we walk in the forests, the reptile catches the earth’s vibration and moves away from it,” he explains. Satish works as a warden and estate manager in CoorgPublic School, Gonikoppal

Popularly known as Snake Satish, he has captured 42 king cobras in the past eight years in Kodagu. Most of them have been freed into the forests. The snakes have been caught from houses and estates. Most of his catches were from Karike, Padi, Perambadi Cherambane, Heggala, Shanthalli and Kundalli areas.

The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world’s longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.6 m (18.5 ft).


Kodagu dist gets Rs1 crore for rain damages

The government has released Rs 1 crore for rain damages in Kodagu. The district administration had submitted a report pegging damage to the tune of Rs 20.43 crore.

A person was killed in the rain havoc. The zilla panchayat incurred losses to the tune of Rs 15.68 crore, PWD of Rs 4.47 crore, Chescom of Rs 25 lakh and properties of city municipal Council here at Rs 3.5 lakh.

The government has released Rs 10 crore to about 12 districts of the state through Calamity Relief Fund. The amount shall be utilized to pay compensation for life loss, house loss, crop loss, drinking water and other emergency necessities.