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Study landslide-prone areas regularly: Dr. H.S.M. Prakash

MADIKERI: In April this year, retired Deputy Director-General of Geological Survey of India (GSI), Dr. H.S.M. Prakash had predicted that the devastating natural calamity that rocked Kodagu and Kerala last year will haunt these regions again this year.

Dr. Prakash emphasises that he is not proud his predictions came true but hopes we can work towards mitigating the impact of landslides.

Underscoring the importance of studying the phenomenon, in an exclusive email interview with Kodagu Connect, Dr. Prakash urges weathermen to become climate scientists and analyse paleoclimate in particular to understand the whole gamut of events all over the globe.

Here are the excerpts of the interview.

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Yediyurappa govt missed a golden opportunity to stand with Kodagu

By Kishor Cariappa

Unstable coffee market, low prices for black pepper, floods, pending rehabilitation of 2018 landslide victims… people of Kodagu have been going through a harrowing time for the last few years and all that was required from the Yediyurappa government was an assurance saying ‘we are with you’ during the cabinet expansion yesterday. Unfortunately, by not giving any ministerial representation to Kodagu, the new state government has dealt a blow to the aspirations of the people of the district.

Kodagu has been a stronghold of BJP for the last few decades. While Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan has been a legislator for five terms, for Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah this is the fourth term. So, when the Yediyurappa cabinet was expanded yesterday it came as a surprise to the people of Kodagu that none of its two MLAs were made ministers.

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PU results: Student from flood-affected area of Kodagu scores 95.67 per cent

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MADIKERI: Last year’s floods and landslides in Kodagu rendered her family homeless. Yet, she didn’t lose hope or shake off her determination.

Overcoming all odds and predicaments, Iymudiyanda D Sinchana has secured 95.67 per cent (574 marks) in science stream in the Karnataka PUC result 2019 recently announced by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board.

A student of Vidyanikethana P U College in Gonikoppal, Sinchana dreams of becoming an engineer but her family has lost everything in the floods in Hemmethalu village near Madapura. Her father, Iymudiyanda Devaiah’s 10 acres of coffee estate and paddy field perished in the landslides. Staying in a rented house now, they have no financial resources to make Sinchana secure a professional engineering degree. Devaiah says he wants to take up a job but has no skills other than agriculture.

Open letter to Pratap Simha and C H Vijayshankar


Dear Pratap Simha and C H Vijayshankar,

Best wishes on being named candidates for BJP (Pratap Simha) and Congress-JD-S (C H Vijayshankar) combine for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency. As you would know, Kodagu and Mysuru are two different regions having different necessities, requirements and even goals.

We, at Kodagu Connect, asked our readers to list out their expectations from the new Member of Parliament who will represent them from 2019 till 2024. Here are some of the issues which were raised by them.

Save environment
Thanks to its tourism tag, Kodagu has undergone development way beyond its carrying capacity. Resorts, hotels and commercial construction activities are on the rise by converting agricultural land into commercial use. Rules are being flouted and norms ignored threatening the fragile ecosystem of the district. Some reports claim around 2,800 acres of land were converted for commercial purposes in last 10 years in Kodagu. Strict rules and regulations are needed to contain this menace so that environment of district is protected.

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Thousands witness ‘Theerthodbhava’ in Talakaveri


MADIKERI: Thousands of devotees witnessed ‘Talakaveri, which occurred at the scheduled time of 6.43pm, at Talakaveri, the origin of River Kaveri, today.

Religious rituals were performed from afternoon. The priests continuously chanted vedic hymns sitting in a row near Brahmakundike. They sprinkled holy water on devotees, soon after ‘Theerthodbhava’ occurred. Devotees arrived with cans, pots, tins and bottles to fill the holy water.

The Madikeri-Talakaveri main road was done up to facilitate smooth traffic movement. Police made elaborate arrangements to regulate the movement of devotees and vehicular traffic.

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Justice Ajjikuttira Bopanna to take over as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court


MADIKERI: Justice Ajjikuttira S Bopanna has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court after the post had been vacant after the retirement of the Chief Justice Ajit Singh.

Hailing from Kodagu, Justice Bopanna is a senior judge from Karnataka High Court and is functioning there since his elevation.

Justice Bopanna enrolled as an advocate on November 21, 1984, practised in civil, constitutional, company and service matters in the High Court as well as the civil and labour courts. He also worked as a legal advisor to Central Public Sector Undertakings, and worked as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel from 1999 to 2005.

Justice Bopanna was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka on January 6, 2006, and became a permanent judge on January 3, 2007.

(with inputs from agencies)