Fake doctor arrested in Kushalnagar

Police in Kushalnagar in Kodagu district have arrested a person who faked as a child specialist and had been practicing for the last ten years.

Police said here today, Suresh Kumar, a resident of KR Nagar, had been practicing in the city for the last one decade as an MD. Besides the illegal medical practice, Suresh Kumar, who had studied upto seventh standard, had formed a trust under the name �Karunya Charitable Trust� and had been collecting money from people by promising to double or triple it.

He had been conducting few service projects like health camps, distributing live stock in villages by inviting district officials and VIPs to gain confidence of the people.

Police estimate that he had raised over Rs five crore in the district through the trust and invested the money elsewhere.

On receiving complaints from the people, police arrested Suresh Kumar along with his manager Prabha.


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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Another island to be developed adjacent to Cauvery Nisargadama

The district in charge minister Vijayashankar has said that an island adjacent to Cauvery Nisargadama would be developed through tourism department and the extension of Nisargadama would be enlarged.

Talking to scribes here, Vijayashankar said that rupees four crore would be allotted to Cauvery nisargadama within a fortnight to develop it further.

The minister said that a high level meeting would be held at Bangalore next week to discuss various projects to kodagu. Rupees five crore drinking project to kodagu will also be tabled in the meeting and implemented to end drinking water problem, he said. Zilla Panchayath president ravi Kushalappa, who was present with the minister said that the proposal is ready to be tabled.

The minister said that the government has given green signal to capture two rogue elephants in the district. But, they have entered nagarahole national Park, he informed. A proposal of rupees 140 crores to solve elephant menace in the district is before the government, he said.


Deer skin seized and the accused arrested

In an operation conducted by the policemen of the special mobile forest squad in Kushalnagar in Kodagu district, two deer pelts were recovered worth about three lakhs, and the smuggler was arrested.

The accused has been identified as B Kishore Kumar (40), son of Harasinaguppe Siddalingapura in Somwarpet. The policemen conducted the raid, on being tipped off that he was bringing deer pelts to Kushalnagar bus stand for sale. The Maruti car he used to bring the pelts, was also confiscated.

The operation was guided by the superintendent of police, Madikeri forest squad, Narayan Gowda, while police sub-inspector, Navinchandra Jogi, and other personnel participated in the operation.


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US under-secretary goes on a secret mission to Bylakuppe

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US under-secretary of state for democracy and global affairs Maria Otero, who is also specially designated for Tibetan affairs, on Wednesday, visited the world’s largest Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe.

Her visit assumed pan-India importance following the fresh influx of refugees from the Himalayan nation into India recently and also the row involving Karmapa Lama, where a large chunk of Chinese currency was recovered from his monastery in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. However, her visit was a totally hushed-up affair and the settlement officials were instructed not to reveal any information.

“Otero’s visit was organised in a hurry. We were told to prepare for her visit just 48 hours back,” said a senior official of the settlement.

Her visit lasted three hours. First, she interacted with a group of Buddhist scholars both from junior and senior grades and spoke to their teachers separately.She also met the administrators and representatives of the settlement and visited one of the farm groups. Otero later visited the Buddhist Golden temple or the Namdroling monastery.

Sources who accompanied Otero on the tour of the settlement told DNA that her visit was arranged to get firsthand information about the problems faced by Tibetan refugees in India.

A senior expert in political science and international affairs at Mysore University told DNA on condition of anonymity, “The US is now worried over the Chinese influence in Indian politics and economy. If the US wants to block Chinese influence in India, Tibetan knowledge and experience is the only way. After the fall of Russia, the US is closely watching the largest surviving Communist block in the world that is in China and Tibetan affairs vis-a-vis the Indian reflections on the Tibetan refugees will give the US a foothold in the Sino-Indian scenario.”

Largest Tibetan settlement
Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet and has been the hope of thousands of refugees who first came to India in 1959, escaping Chinese oppression. There are10,700 refugees who are engaged in agriculture and allied activities. The Tibetan Settlement Co-operative Society runs agro workshops, petrol pumps, restaurants, tourist circuits, shops selling Tibetan artisan products and food items.

After 50 years of co-existence with the Indian population in Kushalnagar and Periyapatna, the refugees have now spread out in Kodagu and Mysore districts. Many of them have integrated well with local society, and earn a livelihood here. The Mysore University reserves certain number of seats forrefugee monks who have graduated from the Buddhist theology courses at monasteries in Bylakuppe.

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– DNAIndia

Bride-to-be loses parents in accident

For this bride-to-be, Sunday brought shattering news: she lost her parents while her brother and sister were severely injured in a road accident on Mysore-Madikeri road. Bylakuppe police have registered a case.

The family of five preparing for Poonam’s wedding early March had gone to Bangalore for shopping and started for Somawarpet late Saturday evening. But Poonam’s father Mahesh (58) and mother Sheela (45) died when their van ploughed into a roadside lorry near Bylakuppe on Mysore-Kodagu border in the wee hours. The couple’s daughter Manaswi and son Puneeth who were injured are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city. The condition of the two is critical.

Poonam, who went for the shopping with her family, was travelling in another vehicle with her fiance Sachin while the van was following them. She had no idea that her family was involved in an accident till they called. Though they rushed to help them, it took some time to extricate the the van from the lorry. By the time it was too late for Mahesh: he died at the spot. His wife Sheela died on the way to the hospital, police said. The injured children were rushed to Mysore.

Manaswi is working at a coffee curing works at Somwarpet while Puneeth is an employee of an MNC. Poonam’s wedding with Sachin from Kushalnagar is scheduled in March.