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).

-TOI

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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.

-TOI

RBI slaps fine on bank

RBI has slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Kodagu District Central Co-operative bank here for violating norms.

The apex bank has directed the co-operative bank to close all mutual funds, a rule enacted recently and applicable to all financial institutions. The DCC Bank had Rs 60 crore as mutual funds and had recalled around Rs 44 crore. The managing director of the bank was summoned to Mysore recently by the RBI for an enquiry.

The apex bank has directed the co-operative bank to close all mutual funds, a rule enacted recently and applicable to all financial institutions. The DCC Bank had Rs 60 crore as mutual funds and had recalled around Rs 44 crore. The managing director of the bank was summoned to Mysore recently by the RBI for an enquiry.

-TOI

‘Adventure’ tourists cautioned of flash floods in Kodagu

Tourists visiting the hilly district of Kodagu, which receives a high amount of rainfall, have been asked to be cautious when they go on adventurous sojourns like trekking and hiking during monsoon as flash floods could cause danger to their lives.

Deputy Commissioner Chandregowda today cautioned the tourists and asked them to take enough care while they go on their own in the countryside in this district known for its coffee plantations.

His comment came after a TV Channel photographer drowned due to flash floods in River Cauvery at Balamuri two days ago.

Shekar, a satellite TV photographer, met with a watery grave while attempting to walk through an abandoned bridge with overflowing with water.

The official had asked hotel and home stay owners to educate the tourists about dangerous spots.

-Sahilonline