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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)

Tourism or no tourism? Kodagu residents share their thoughts

Raja Seat in Madikeri. (Photo: Kodagu Connect)

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MADIKERI: It is almost two months since the flood disaster struck Kodagu. While the rehabilitation process for flood-affected people is on, there is a growing concern among travel and tourism industry stakeholders about a huge drop in tourists visiting Kodagu after the tragedy in August.

Most residents who do not depend on tourism are vociferously stating this is the right time to reduce tourism pressure on the district and take corrective measures to avoid further tragedies in the future. The tourism industry folks are leaving no stone unturned in their campaigning efforts to convince the world that all is well in Kodagu and it is a safe place to visit.

Kodagu Connect collected opinion of a cross-section of people from Kodagu and this is what they had to say.

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Heavy rains likely in Kodagu over weekend

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MADIKERI: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rains have been forecast for the coastal and south interior districts of Karnataka including Kodagu over the weekend due to a low-pressure trough that is expected to form over Arabian Sea.

A low pressure is likely to concentrate into a depression and move north-westwards to form into a cyclone, the bulletin from IMD said.

Four districts of Karnataka – Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and Mysuru – received excess rainfall this year. Kodagu received the highest-ever daily rainfall when it recorded 300mm in a single day on August 17, 2018.

Neighbouring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also likely to receive heavy rain due to the low-pressure effect.

(with inputs from agencies)