101 jumbos perish in a decade in Kodagu

The elephant population seems to be fast dwindling in Kodagu district. As many as 101 elephants have died in the last ten years in the coffee bowl of Karnataka. 

 The Western Ghats in Kodagu are a conducive habitat for pachyderms. However, more jumbo deaths have been reported from the region, according to statistics available with the Forest department. Of the total jumbo deaths, 11 have been due to gun shots and 13 electrocuted. The rest of the deaths have been attributed to old age or ill health. The reason for the death of a jumbo in 2008 is yet to be ascertained. Two each elephants have died in Somawarpet, Shanivara Santhe and Kushalnagar ranges in the last one year.

Man-animal conflict too has been on the rise in the district. As many as 3,384 incidents of jumbo attack have been registered in the last ten years and 33 people have died in the last five years.  The State government is yet to act on the proposal of the district administration.


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Pepper gains on supply crunch

Pepper futures ended with positive note reposing the faith in world wide supply shortage. Spot price traded firm near Rs 25000 per quintal.

As per media sources most of the domestic demand is met from the pepper from coorg region and farmers are holding the pepper from hilly areas for better price realization.

PVO analysis shows slight divergence when comparing volume with prices which shows volume participation had slightly reduced in the last four days.

International prices of MG1 grade trade near $5900 per ton which is out priced compared with prices in Vietnam.

However limited participation by Vietnam in the international market can make MG1 competitive even though prices are trading at higher levels.

Courtesy: Geojit Comtrade Limited

Experts allay fears on Western Ghats notification

The recent government notification on the extent and geographical composition of Western Ghats has given rise to suspicion that it may slow down development activities in Karwar and Malnad areas.

The notification, widely felt to be lacking in clarity and focus, has also caused apprehension in the area that it was meant for helping only big time real estate developers.

The February 5 notification being circulated in nine districts, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Kodagu, Hassan, Mysore and Chamarajanagar indicates, said 59 taluks and 228 hoblis of these districts were under the Western Ghats. “We do not know why the notification was issued. We are discussing its implications on us and try to get a clarification on the issue from the government,” said Ramanikanth Nayak, a member of the Hassan district small industries association.

Following the notification, traders, small industrialists, businessmen and developers were apprehensive that the government might demand that they to get clearance for every trade, industrial and business proposals. “Enquiries have been pouring into the offices of the chambers of commerce and industry in these nine districts seekingclarification on the notification. I have gone through the notification and found there is nothing to be worried about. But I don’t know the need for this notification at this time,” said BK Pai, an expert on Indian forest law.

The chairman of the Western Ghats task force Ananth Hegade Ashisara said that the notification was to protect theGhats. “There is a need to quantify and qualify the extent of Western Ghats in Karnataka, for redefining our developmental strategies in the area,”he assured.

Krishna J Palemar, minister for environment and ecology, meanwhile, admitted that the notification could have been more explicit. “There was a need for creating a roadmap for development in the towns and cities coming under the Western Ghats. The notification does not say anything about the special clearances required for setting up industries or businesses in this region,” he said.

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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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