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Residential houses on Forest Land to be regularized by Karnataka Govt

The State Govt is contemplating to “regularize” residential houses built on forest land in the Malnad region.
In short, “encroachment shall be legalized in the forest land”.
Coorg itself forms a part of the Malnad region and the catchment for River Cauvery.
It came as a surprise when the primary and secondary education minister Mr.Visveshwara Hegde Kageri broke the news today.
Agreeing that majority of the land in Malnad region is forest land, he further stated that only coordiation among the various
govt departments can make the process smooth.
The Forests of Coorg is already boring the brunt of illegal settlements in forest land, timer mafia, etc.
This move will surely make matters worst for Karnataka’s last frontier forests.

The Spa at Club Mahindra

Svaastha – the Harmony Spa, was inaugurated at Club Mahindra yesterday by none other than the Mahindra Group honch, Mr.Anand Mahindra.
Svaastha is a 9000 sq ft spa with six indoor & two outdoor spa therapy rooms, a gym, beauty salon, relaxation, yoga and meditation deck.
Watch out! Sudarshan Kriya is coming to Coorg as Mahindra has tied up with the spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living for Yoga and Meditation classes.

The Luxury spa may well add to the bottom line of Mahindra Holidays.

If you thought this is the first spa in Coorg, then you are mistaken.
Amanvana Spa Resort at Kushalnagar is the first spa commissioned in Coorg.

Ranjan angry over induction of Renukacharya.

There are signs of revolt in the BJP with a bunch of MLAs being unhappy with Chief Minister Yeddyurappa granting a ministerial berth to the scandalous MLA Renukacharya.
Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan has expressed his displeasure and frustration over sidelining him and other senior MLA’s, while expanding the ministerial berths in the Karnataka Govt.

High Court refuses to stay the Hydel project coming up at Madikeri.

The Karnataka High Court has refused to stay the 10 MW mini-hydel project coming up at Manjadka reserve forest area at Madikeri, while
issuing notices to state and centre regarding the grant of license to Bhoruka Power Corporation Ltd.

The PIL was filed by Coorg Wildlife Society.

The division bench that passed the order was headed by the controversial Justice P.D.Dinakaran.

Orange Scam hits Coorg

MLC M.C.Nanaiah and former MLC A.K.Subbaiah have pointed out that the governor would be updated shortly with the issue of Nagpur variety of Oranges samplings being
distributed in the district. The issue has already snowballed into a controversy cum possible scam.

NGO’s had previously taken up the issue of the Nagpur Orange samplings being distributed in the disctrict, stating ” the species is not sutiable for cultivation due to the soil and Coorg weather”. They even accused the BJP of underhand dealings in distribution of the samplings.

This time inturn the MLC and Mr.A.K.Subbaiah have accused the BJP and the Deputy Speaker and MLC from Virajpet K.G.Bopaiah of side stepping the issue.
They also accused the MLA of being hand in gloves with the Timber Mafia.