Governor & family enjoy boating in Dubare

Kushalnagar, Apr. 6 (KMC& RH)- Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, along with his wife and family members, visited the elephant training camp in Dubare near here on Monday, one of the tourist attractions in Kodagu district.

They crossed River Cauvery in a motor-boat specially decked up for the occasion. The couple was welcomed by elephants who presented flower garlands. The elephants were offered sugarcane stalks and jaggery by the Governor, who later spoke to the Forest Department personnel present and enquired about the welfare of the tamed animals.

Bhardwaj, who is visiting Du-bare for the second time, was met by tribal leaders J.P. Raju and R.K. Chandru, who presented a memorandum, seeking basic amenities for the tribal settlements bordering the reserve forests.

They also urged the Governor to direct the State Government to confirm the services of mahouts and elephant trainers who have been working for more than 10 years, by making them permanent staff in the Forest Dept.

Earlier, the Governor and his family were accorded a warm reception by Kodagu District Administration at the Koppa gate. Deputy Commissioner Ashwathanarayana Gowda, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, Assistant Commissioner M.R. Ravi, Tahsildar A. Devaraj, ACF Prasanna Kumar, Information Officer Vinodchandra, RFO M.S. Chinnappa and other officials were present.

After touring round the elephant camp, Bhardwaj and family left for Nagarahole National Park in South Kodagu.

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Hockey alone cannot feed – S. Prema (Karnataka state women’s hockey captain)

BANGALORE: National championships and awards count for nothing for the hapless S Prema. The Karnataka women’s hockey captain is another among hundreds in the sporting fraternity which pursue sports in all earnestness without just rewards.

Only that in her case, she has nowhere to turn to: neither does she have a job nor are her parents financially strong enough to take care of her needs.

Daughter of daily wage earners who work in a coffee plantation in Siddapura, Kodagu, Prema, 20, has seen hardship from close quarters. She has seen her parents do the odd jobs for a mere Rs 100 per day. She has seen the income increase marginally over the years but hardly substantially enough to turn their fortunes around.

Two less than square meals a day was the norm ever since she was born but was made possible only when Prema’s parents made a concerted effort throughout the day.

There were periods when her father was indisposed, especially during rainy days, forcing her mother to brave heavy rain and work through the day. But then their dream, as Prema says, was to see her shine as a hockey player.

“Ever since I took up the game when I was in eighth standard and joined the Kudige sports school, I was forced to depend on my parents to buy equipment or for travel and tournaments. They never said no to me. They would borrow money to ensure I got the best. It was heart-rending to see them struggle thereafter to pay back the money,” said Prema, who now trains at the State sports hostel in Mysore.

“In the past couple of years I stopped asking them money. We are being well taken care of by Sports Hostel,” said the full back, a final year BA student at Teresian college.

What has dismayed Prema is that the game hasn’t been as productive as she thought it would be. “I have played in the National championship before. We won the South Zone tournament this year in Tirupati and I am leading the side again in Bangalore. I only hope I get a job so that I can take care of my parents.”


  • S Prema
  • Age 20
  • Hails from: Siddapura, Kodagu
  • Trains at: Sports Hostel, Mysore
  • Coaches: Devanand, Vijayakrishna
  • Parents: Daily wage earners

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RCI affiliates two resorts in India

RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands   announced two new resort affiliations in hill destinations of India. According to the company release, the two new resorts are The Krishna Mount View-Mountain Resort, Kausani in Uttarakhand and the Kadkani River Resort, Coorg, Karnataka.

Radhika Shastry, Managing Director, RCI India said, “We are pleased to welcome The Krishna Mount View-Mountain Resort and the Kadkani River Resort into RCI’s network of affiliated resorts. These beautiful resorts are a remarkable addition to the collection of hill vacation destinations we offer to our members worldwide.”

Krisha Mount View-Mountain Resort boasts 31 rooms. The resort is Wi-Fi enabled and includes a multi-cuisine restaurant. The Kadkani River Resort is set within a coffee plantation and offers 36 fully equipped cottages. Besides, the resort has a well-maintained nine-hole golf course.

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Coorg Treasure Hunt #4

Break the code!


Rearrange the ALPHABETS to find the answer:

Like a paramedic


Hint lies in the website:

 Code breakers please write your full name and place.

 Good Luck!

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Parties are after migrant labourers

Migrant labourers of Jagalur taluk in Davanagere district will be treated royally by political parties on April 9, the day when Jagalur goes to polls.

Jagalur, which has 107 villages and 40 lambani tandas, is a dry land, besides being one of the most-backward taluks of the state. This leaves little or no means for Jagalur people to eke out a living there. Of its total population, 70% has migrated to places like Chikmaglore and Kodagu districts to work as daily wage labourers at coffee estates.


4 Christians accused of forced conversion

Police on March 26 arrested four Christians, including three women, after Hindu nationalists beat them and called police with a false complaint against them of forced conversion in Devasthur village, Madikeri, Coorg district.

The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reported that Christ’s Fellowship Church evangelist A.J. Diwakar, along with church members identified only as Telsi, Savitha and Agnes, went to Devasthur to deliver gospel tracts to some of their church members living there.

A GCIC coordinator told Compass that a few Hindu extremists noticed the presence of the Christians, surrounded them and snatched their bags. As a village Hindu festival was going on that brought many others to the area, soon the extremists swelled to more than 40; they repeatedly slapped, punched and kicked the Christians, denigrating them with foul language.

Madikeri police came to the site and took the victims to the Madikeri police station; they were charged with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.”


My name is Shahina and I am not a terrorist

“It is important to speak for those who live on the margins…I have always tried to give visibility to those who are invisible,” says Shahina K K whose anticipatory bail plea is being heard on March 16 by the Karnataka high court. Shahina received the Chameli Devi Award for an outstanding woman journalist by the Media Foundation on March 15. She got the award for her works while she was with Tehelka. At present she is the Thiruvananthapuram correspondent of Open magazine.

Excerpts of her acceptance speech

I am using this opportunity to explain who I am.

See, I happen to be a Muslim, but I am not a terrorist.

Unfortunately, anybody carrying a Muslim name, no matter whether he or she is a believer, agnostic or atheist has to keep this as an opening line on every occasion of a dialogue in public. I have hardly practiced any religion right from my adolescence yet I have to make this kind of a statement.

You may have an idea about what I am going to talk about. In fact this award gives me a great opportunity today to talk about the crime I have committed. I interviewed two of the prosecution witnesses in the infamous Bangalore blast case in which Kerala PDP leader Abdul Nasar Madani is an accused. Madani had spent 10 years in prison as an under-trail in the Coimbatore blast case of 1997 and later was exonerated in 2007. The firebrand orator, who once triggered some kind of belligerence among the post-Babri Masjid Kerala Muslim youth, in his second coming had made a public alliance with the left parties in the last Lok Sabha polls. A man who was speaking the language of democracy, a politician who was using the tools of parliamentary politics had been again taken by the police, this time from Karnataka, for his alleged involvement in the Bangalore blast case. He was arrested immediately after the Lok Sabha polls.

Two of the six prosecution witnesses in the case, Jose Thomas and Mohammed Jamal who is the younger brother of Madani, had approached the court alleging that their testimonies had been fabricated. The third witness was on death bed in a hospital in Ernakulam on the day the police recorded his testimony. He died four days later. Police records say that the testimony was recorded in Kannur, around 500 kms away from Ernakulam where he was admitted. The hospital records prove that on that day he was not in Kannur, but was very much in the hospital in Ernakulam.

With this background, I started my investigation into the police conspiracy theory. Obviously as a journalist, I suspected the police story. My assumption was not wrong. I decided to meet the other prosecution witnesses from Kodagu, Karnataka who had testified that they had seen Madani in the ginger estate in Lakkeri in Kodagu. Two of them told me that they had seen Madani only on television. One among them, K.K Yogananda, an RSS activist, was not even aware that he had been listed by the police as a witness.

The other person is Rafeeq, whose story is very typical of what happens to hundreds of Muslim youngsters who are arrested and tortured by the police with absolutely no evidence. He was forced to give testimony against Madani.

I went there on 16th November last year. On the way to Rafeeq’s place after meeting Yogananda, I was talking to local people over there. The police came and started questioning me. Initially it was in an intimidating tone. They did not allow me to stay back and continue my work hence I left and we set off to meet Rafeeq.

I completed my job late in the evening and started my journey back to Kerala. On the way back, I received a call from the Circle Inspector who asked me if I was a terrorist. I did not have any answer. But the reports of the visit of a ’dubious’ woman in the garb of Tehelka journalist along with some strangers were doing the rounds in the local news papers. It is obvious that all those stories must have been planted by the police.

Meanwhile, Tehelka published the story titled, ‘Why this man is still in Prison’? Madani may or may not be innocent. My story was not at all on the merit of the Bangalore blast case but on the fabrication of a conspiracy theory by the Police.

After a few days, I came to know from news paper reports that a case had been registered against me for intimidating witnesses in the Bangalore blast case. The rest, you may know. Initially, they charged me under sections 506 and 149 of IPC, for intimidating witnesses. They had also managed to get complaints from the witnesses I interviewed. I sought anticipatory bail in the district court of Madikeri. During the course of the hearing of my bail plea, the police sought permission of the court to add section 22 of unlawful activities prevention act, which was allowed by the sessions court and my anticipatory bail plea was rejected.

Now the bail plea is in the High Court of Karnataka. Tomorrow, the case will be heard. I don’t know what is going to happen – whether I will get bail or jail.

The case against me is nothing but a warning to the entire media, not to attempt to challenge the state. If you dare to do it, they will use draconian laws against you. If you belong to the minority community, they will also profile you. It is very difficult to prove that you are not a terrorist. It is equally difficult to prove that you are not a Maoist in our life and times.

In this era of paid news, I believe, it is important to speak for those who live on the margins, who are not able to pay. I have always tried to give visibility to those who are invisible. This award espouses my efforts and gives me support and assurance in my way ahead.

[Courtesy: The Hoot, Photo courtesy: Media Mind]



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