Kail Poud Celebration by CNC

On the 1st of September, 2016 under the leadership of N.U. Nachappa, CNC (Codava National Council) celebrated Kail Poud festival at the Middle ground mandh, Madikeri. After performing Thok Pooja (Gun Worship) CNC members took out a vehicle procession through the main roads of Madikeri and assembled at Capital Village resort where further cultural activities were held.

CNC Members actively participated in traditional Codava folk dance and other cultural events. Rifle shooting was held for both men and women folks here.






Traffic Jam in Madikeri!

Traffic Jam is something that the localities here had never heard of in the past! Fewer vehicles, fewer people, no pollution, known faces, no littering, were part of everyday life in the town. Those days are gone! Our children will never know the true value of being associated to this lovely place called Coorg.

Tourism is taking toll now; an expensive one for that matter. Every weekend people from major cities flock the town. Coorg has become a weekend getaway for busy-bees and a holiday destination for others.

Is Coorg ready to cope up with the growing number of tourists as yet? Well, sadly, the answer is NO! Lodgings are running full almost every weekend/Government holidays, fewer available parking spaces are full around every tourist spot, roads are still narrow, vehicles are parked on both the sides of the narrow road causing blockade and adding to woes are pot holes on major roads within the town.

It’s high time for bench-warming officials to transform the congested towns of Coorg into a tourism friendly destination that the tourists can enjoy and the locals can be proud of.

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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.


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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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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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.”


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