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.


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.


‘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.


Beary Literary–Cultural Convention held at Madikeri

“Regional languages and culture are facing the onslaught of globalization and it’s the responsibility of everyone to foster regional art, literature, language, and culture,” said Manu Baligar, commissioner, state Kannada and Culture department.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Beary Literary–Cultural Convention, held at Kaveri Hall, here recently.  It was organized by the Beary Sahitya Academy.
“Although our country has many religions and a diverse culture, there is unity among Indians in diversity,” added Baligar.“Beary Sahitya Academy does immense service in promoting Beary language. Although Beary and Kodava linguists are few in numbers, the state grants equal funds for their Academy.  It’s significant that the Academy’s role is much more important than the people,” stressed Baligar.

Beary Sahitya Academy president M B Abdul Rehman, in his presidential address, said that the Academy has been laying stress on literature, education, and thereby works for the betterment of society. “It’s not restricted to one community,” he said. Former MLA K M Ibrahim, Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy president Rani Machayya, and Badriya Jamaat president M E Hanif also spoke on the occasion.

Academy registrar Umarabba welcomed the gathering. A poets’ session was held after the stage programme which was chaired by B A Shamsuddin Madikeri. MLC M C Nanaiah presided over the valedictory ceremony.

Kodagu district Kannada Sahitya Parishat president T P Ramesh and G Rajendra, chief editor, ‘Shakti’ Kannada daily, spoke on the occasion.

Moilnji Makers troupe staged ‘Beary Qavvali’, Star Singers Padubidri group staged Beary folk singing, Beary Media Makers group and Madikeri Crescent School students staged various cultural programmes.

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