Rs 1.03 cr for Suntikoppa hospital building’

MLA M P Appachu Ranjan said that the government has sanctioned Rs 1.03 crore for the construction of a new building for the Suntikoppa Government Hospital and Rs 14 lakh has been released for the repair of old buildings. 

He was speaking after laying foundation for the new building for the Suntikoppa Government PU College to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 21.90 lakh, on Saturday. He said that the government had taken up several development programmes in Suntikoppa based on the demands of the people. “A total of Rs 84 crore has been sanctioned for the development of roads in the district. While Rs 53 crore has been reserved for Virajpet taluk, Rs 13 crore will be for Madikeri and 17.57 crore has been reserved for Somwarpet taluk,” Ranjan said.

A proposal has been sent to the government to commence Commerce stream in the Suntikoppa Government PU College from the next academic year.

Zilla Panchayat Member B B Bharathish said that the MLA should take initiatives to provide drinking water supply to Suntikoppa town from Haradur river. Efforts should also be made to upgrade the government hospital, he added.

Principal Dr M V Rama, Taluk Panchayat Member P M Lathif, Gram Panchayat President B I Bhavani, former President M A Gangadhar, Vice-President B S Sadashiva Rai, Kodava Academy former Member M A Vasanth and other were present.

Ranjan said that a proposal has been submitted to the government to sanction a government medical college for Kodagu district.

Speaking after laying foundation for the new hostel building for Government First Grade Women’s College in Kushalnagar on Saturday, he said the people in Kodagu district are facing difficulties as they were forced to go to Mangalore or Mysore for advanced treatments.

The matter has been brought to the notice of the government. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Medical Education Minister A Ramadas have been urged to announce a full-fledged medical college in Kushalnagar in the annual budget, he added. Principal Prof H C Lohithashwa delivered keynote address.


KDCC president gets grand welcome

Biddatanda T. Pradeep, newly elected president of the Kodagu District Congress Committee (KDCC), said on Wednesday that he would strive to restore the previous glory of the party in Kodagu by rejuvenating it in the villages.

He was speaking to presspersons informally after being given a rousing welcome by the Congress workers on his arrival from Bangalore at the General K.S. Thimayya Circle here. Refurbishing the image of the Congress with the involvement of youth was his priority and he would do it with the advice of the senior leaders of the party, he said.

The BJP did not have leaders in its ranks. This was the reason why it was “snatching” Congress leaders to meet their aspirations in Kodagu, Mr. Pradeep said. He was referring to the defection of H.M. Nanda Kumar of the Congress to the BJP to secure presidency of the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) here a few days ago. The BJP had resorted to such tactics in the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat as well, he said.

He was accorded a grand reception by the Congress workers when he arrived at Koppa gate, near Kushalnagar and again at Sunticoppa in the morning.

– The Hindu

Auto expo enthrals public in Kushalnagar

Auto Expo-2011 organised by Rotary Club in the Government Model Primary School Ground here on Saturday succeeded in pulling a huge number of enthusiast crowd. 

The crowd were amused to view the old vintage cars of 1950 and 1960 models.

Flagging off the car rally near Blue Moon petrol bunk, coffee planter D Vinod Shivappa said, the rally is quenching the thirst of car lovers of the region as it is for the first time the rally has been organised by Rotary Club in the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Rally convenor P K Devaiah informed the reason behind organising the rally. The rally has been organised to introduce vintage cars to the youth.

Along with the vintage cars, even the new cars took part in the rally.

Rallyists Den Thimmaiah, Vinod Shivappa, Bopanna, Jagat Nanjappa were felicitated by Transport Department Additional Commissioner Narayanswami on the occasion. 


‘Don’t waste water from Chiklihole dam’

Zilla Panchayat member V P Shashidhar urged the officials of the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation to stop unnecessary release of water from the Chiklihole dam.
“Though there is no demand for water from the farmers of Chiklihole irrigation area, water is being released from the dam unnecessarily for the past 15 days,” he stated in a press conference here on Sunday.“When the farmers were demanding release of water for paddy cultivation, the officials did not take steps and now when there is no demand, they are releasing water. The water is simply flowing to the river Cauvery,” he said.

“The Chiklihole dam is an unwanted child both for the government and for the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation. It has become a ‘kamadhenu’ for only a few contractors. No useful programmes have been implemented for the farmers so far,” Shashidhar alleged.

He also alleged that the officials are irresponsible and lack a foresight. They have even failed to de-silt the canals and maintain them, he added.

The Nanjarayapattana and Guddehosuru Gram Sabhas have already urged the Corporation to stop releasing water but there has been no action, he noted.

The ZP member said if the unnecessary flow of water is not checked immediately, intense protests will be organised.

Town Panchayat member V N Mahesh and Mohammed Razaq were present at the press meet.


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Kushalnagar celebrates ‘Honnaru’

Villages were embellished with rangoli and other ‘thorana’ and the people exchanged ‘Bevu-Bella’ (neem leaves and jaggery-symbolic of bad and good) on the day. Farmers not only bathed their cattle but also embellished them with flowers, sandalwood paste etc and offered prayers as cattle are the backbone of agriculture.

The cattle were later fed with special dishes which are prepared in the households for the festival. In Thorenoor, people gathered at Basaveshwara temple and offered community prayer to the cattle, thereby initiating ‘Honnaru’ (golden ploughing).

Dressed in traditional Kodava wear, farmer De Lakshmappa initiated the Honnaru ploughing and he was followed by rest of the farmers. The significance of ‘Honnaru’ is that the farmers come together to pray for good, favourable rains so that entire land prospers. Honnaru Utsav Committee President T D Eshwar, Secretary T A Ramachandra and others were present.

Honnaru utsav is being celebrated in Shirangala, Thorenoor, Manajuru, Hebbale, Kudige, Kudluru, Kudumangalur, Huluse, Bhuvanagiri villages in North Kodagu since time immemorial. No matter how strong the influence of modernisation be, people are still following these traditions without fail, which is the indication that our cultural hold on our minds is stronger than our inclination to modernisation.


Hutthari celebrated with fervour in Kushalnagar

Members of Kodava and Gowda communities celebrated Hutthari, the traditional and cultural harvest festival of Kodagu, in an enchanting moonlit night on Wednesday. 

Irrespective of age, the members clad in their traditional attire, took part in the Hutthari procession organised by the Kodava and Gowda Samaja. They danced to the beats of Oddolaga. Oddolaga signifies welcoming of ‘Dhaanyalakshmi’ (the goddess of grains).

The participation of the members of various communities including Muslims and Christians added colour to the fest that heralded the unity and harmony of the land.

First, the members observed the ritual of tying ‘nere’ at the Kodava Samaja at 7.30 pm and proceeded to the nearby paddy field. Kodava Sahitya Academy former president Bacharaniyanda P Appanna offered traditional pooja and cut the fresh corns. Marking the occasion, Palangappa fired in the air. Kodava Samaja President Cholanda A Muddappa, Secretaries M B Monnappa, K A Nanaiah distributed the corns to the gathered members.

Later, the corns along with ‘kuthi’ were taken in a procession. ‘Thambittu’ and ‘payasam’ prepared with the new rice were distributed to the participants. Kodava Sahitya Academy member Ranu Appanna, Samaja Joint Secretary T M Machaiah, Treasurer M E Ganesh were present.

In the programme organised by Gowda Samaja, the organisers tied ‘nere’ at the Samaja and offered pooja at the Ganapathi Temple in the city. Later, the group proceeded to the fields of Mullusoge M V Shianna in a procession where corns were distributed.

Samaja President Amemane Kamala Ganapathi, Kechappana Mohan, Kumbhagowdana Raghu, Kallachana Bhageerathi, Kunnhali Tilak, Kemmarana Uttappa and others were present. Car Owners and Drivers Association too organised a Hutthari procession.