CM to attend hockey match in S Kodagu

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has agreed to attend the final match of ‘Machchamada Cup’ – the Kodava families’ hockey tournament to be held in Ponnampet of South Kodagu on May 15.

A delegation led by ‘Machchamada Cup’ Hockey Utsav President Kanda Bhimaiah and Working Secretary Dolly Changappa met the CM in his Bangalore residence and extended official invite to the CM to witness the final match.

Chief Minister who was convinced by the delegates and the MLA M P Appachu Ranjan agreed to attend the match. For the first time in the history of the hockey cup, a Chief Minister has agreed to witness the match, informed Utsav organiser M T Kariyappa.

He also said, the CM has shown positive response to the request of the delegation who asked for a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh.

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Daughter crushed under the wheels of the truck driven by her father

 In a heart-rending incident that occurred at Krishna Colony of Ponnampet in Kodagu district on Thursday March 24 afternoon, a small girl was killed after being crushed under the wheels of a mini truck owned by her father.

Ramakrishna, father of Dhanyashree (4), had come home for lunch. After lunch, he put the mini truck on reverse gear for returning to the town, while talking to his wife. Neither he, nor his wife, had noticed that Dhanyashree was playing behind the truck. The girl lost her life instantly.

Both Ramakrishna and his wife are in deep shock, police sources said. A case was registered by the policemen in this regard.


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Thimmaiah wins fastest rider award

Kushalnagar’s Den Thimmaiah won the fastest rider award for the fourth consecutive year at the Jaycee Autocross 2010 track rally. 

Last year’s champion, Shahabhashkhan of Mysore won the championship in the two-wheeler category.  Ponnampet Jaycees had organised state-level two-wheeler and four-wheeler open track rally Jaycee Autocross 2010 at Begurkolli.

It was thrilling for the spectators who were cheering for their riders. Barring heat and dust arising from the ground, the competitors were seen rushing in the track.

In two-wheeler Coorg Local open class category, Mohammed Farook of Virajpet won the first place followed by Manikanta of Gonikoppa and Sooraj Mandanna of Maithadi.

In two stroke open class, Shahabhash Khan won first, Mohammed Irfan (II) and R E Rajendra of Shimoga (III). In four-stroke open class, R E Rajendra of Shimoga won first place followed by Imthiyaz Ashraf of Bangalore and K S Rohith of Mysore finishing third. In Indian Open class division, Shahabhashkhan won first place, Mohammed Ashraf won second and Seyyed Idayuthulla won third place. In novice class, Sayyed Idayuthulla won first, Hemanth (II) and Mohammed Farooq (III).

In four-wheeler division Coorg Local Open Class, Den Thimmaiah of Kushalnagar won first place followed by Adithya of Virajpet and S C Ganapathy of Athur.

Adithya won first place R D Patil of Chikmagalur (II) and B P Jauakumar of Besagur (III) in 800 cc category. In 1000 cc to 1,400 cc category, Den Thimmaiah of Kushalnagar won first place. In 1400 cc to 1600 CC division, Sridharan N Arasu won first place, Den Thimmaiah won second place. Den Thimmaiah won first place in Indian Open Class. Best Tuner award was given to Johnson of Mysore.

The rally was flagged off by DySP Annappa Nayak. 


Kodava family hockey tourney from today

Having created waves in the previous years, the annual Kodava family hockey tournament promises a bigger show this time around when the 14th edition kicks off at Ponnampet on April 18.
‘Maneyapanda 20-10’ will be held at Ponnampet Government PU College maidan.

The main maidan for the hockey utsav has been decked. The main entrance gate of PU College has been decorated. Flex banners and advertisements are seen in and around the maidan. A stage has been erected in the mini stadium. On the right side, seating arrang ements have been made to accommodate 3,000 VIPs. The work on steel gallery has been completed. Steel gallery can accommodate 12,000 spectators at a time. The work on cleaning the chairs were seen at VIP gallery and stage on Saturday. Several stalls have come up near the entrance gate. The work on the construction of state of the art stalls are in final stage.

Two maidans have been set for the Maneyapanda 20-10 hockey utsav. The matches will commence from 9.30 am on Sunday, said Utsav committee office-bearers M C Belliappa and M M Ganapathy. Six matches will be played.

In the afternoon, Union Minister of Sports M S Gill and Lieutenant General Chengappa will inaugurate the tournament. There will be a special march fast by 4 members each from 214 teams which have registered for the utsav. There will be match between Indian hockey team and Kodagu 11 on the occasion.

-Deccan Herald

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‘Take Kodava culture to its peak again’

”Kodavas are rich in folklores and the same has been accepted by the scholars. There is a need to take Kodava culture to its peak once again,” said Karnataka Kodava Sahithya Academy former president Bachariyanda P Appanna. 

Speaking after inaugurating Kodava Sahithya Samskrithika Mela organised by Karnataka Kodava Sahithya Academy and Ponnampet Kodava Samaja here on Friday, he said “Kodava literature, culture and folklores should be preserved for generations to come.

The Kodava language which has 2000 years of history. Unfortunately owing to beuracracy, the language has remained only as a spoken language.” 

“There is a need to conduct research into Kodava culture, folkores and literature. Kodava culture is on the verge of disappearance in the recent years. From 1855, people started aping British. Between 1928 and 1935, Kodava language and culture began to change,” he added.

Kodava Sahithya Academy President Rani Machaiah, Registrar Vinodchandra and others were present. ‘Bolakat,’ ‘Kolata,’ ‘Kathiyata,’ ‘Ummathat,’ ‘Urtikott aat,’’Valagathat,’ ‘Siddiyat,’ Kappeyat,’ ‘Pareyakali’ and other cultural programmes were staged on the occasion.


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Move to shift hockey turf project opposed

The president of the Government Junior College Development Committee at Ponnampet, Addanda C. Cariappa, on Friday opposed the move to shift the synthetic hockey playing surface project from the Government Junior College Ground in Ponnampet to a private school in Gonicoppa.

He was speaking to presspersons here. Mr. Cariappa said that the Government had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore each to four districts for laying the artificial hockey playing surface in the State, including Ponnampet in Kodagu, in the previous budget.

Funds promised by the Government should be utilised only to lay the turf at the government college, he added.

The zilla panchayat-run sports school functioned at the Government Junior College premises and the students could use the synthetic turf there unlike other locations. Some people were making efforts to take the project either to Virajpet or Ammathi, which had caused confusion resulting in the delay of the project, he said.

He had apprised Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah and Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan of the issue, who too had supported his idea, Mr. Cariappa claimed.

Ponnampet is a major hockey centre in Kodagu. Many Kodava hockey festivals are held here.

This spoke of the popularity of hockey in and around Ponnampet, Mr. Cariappa said. Efforts being made by certain political leaders and a senior official from the Department of Youth Services and Sports to shift the project to Gonicoppa was unfortunate and the Government should ensure that it was not shifted from Ponnampet, Mr. Cariappa said.

He appealed to sports lovers to protest against the move to shift the project to Gonicoppa and said the committee would organise a protest if the move was not dropped within 15 days.

 -The Hindu

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