Mahesh Kulkarni / Chennai/ Bangalore March 02, 2009, 0:03 IST

Even as the Supreme Court has categorically stated that there will be no compromise in protecting vital forest resources, an elected body has directed the Public Works Department to carry out road laying work through pristine forests of Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri in Kodagu district.

Jeevan Chinnappa

DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP (KODAGU DT.): A five-day hunt to capture a wild elephant ended dramatically in the Maldare forest area in Kodagu on Tuesday with the capture of the animal by Forest Department officials.

DH News Service, Kushalnagar:

Zilla Panchayat President Deergakeshi Shivanna inspected the works on construction of a water purification tank being constructed at a cost of Rs 5.9 crore under Rural Drinking Water Project at Hebbale near here on Sunday.

The project when completed would supply pure drinking water to 12 villages of Kushalnagar hobli

DH News Service, Kushalnagar:

A ten-day long environment and wild life conservation bicycle jatha organised by Bhagath Singh Rover team of Scouts and Guides Organisation Bangalore rural Anekal Taluk reached Cauvery nisargadhama near Kushalnagar on Monday.

The jatha which was flagged off at Anekal on Friday reached Kushalnagar on Sunday evening passing through Mandya, Mysore and Piriyapatna.

The thirteen member team after resting in Kushalnagar set out on the jatha on Monday morning from Cauvery Nisargadhama.

DH News Service, Madikeri:

"If the localites do not oppose, then we do not have any objections for small hydel power projects,' said Deputy Speaker K G Boapaih and MLA M P Appacchuranjan.

Speaking at a discussion on the development of Kodagu at Patrika Bahvana in Madikeri on Tuesday, they said hydel power projects are neither harmful to the environment nor submerge low laying areas. However, we will not object, if the residents are happy with the hydel power projects.

A creative partnership between a farmer and a scientist has resulted in the creation of a disease tolerant bee strain that promises to revive bee-keeping in south Karnataka, Goa and Kerala. The bee strain is tolerant to the dreadedviral disease, Thai Sac Brood (TSB). The bees are also much more productive and focused in producing honey. Bee-keeping in south India began flagging in 1992. TSB struck that year. It first hit the Koynadu bees in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. In the span of two years, the virus wiped out entire colonies of bees in many parts of southern India.

Jeevan Chinnappa This provides for constitution of forest rights committee, State-level committee Gram panchayats to convene gram sabhas to set up the committees In January, Manmohan told States to expedite it

An assessment of land quality was carried out for coffee growing areas of Karnataka using satellite image, toposheets and soil studies.

Place-specific cultural institutions regulate the relationship between coffee planters and the natural world in the Kodagu district of the Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot in South India. Many planters have retained native trees for shade on their plantations, such that these cultivated areas, together with formal protected areas and community-managed sacred groves, constitute a mostly contiguous forested landscape across the district.