Madikeri/Kushalnagar,DH News Service:

Rivulets and rivers in Kodagu emerged in full spate on Thursday too owing to heavy rains. The district administration has extended holidays for schools for two more days, on Friday and Saturday (July 10 and 11).

Villagers of Salugoppalu organised a protest in front of the Office of the Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of Harangi Irrigation Project on Saturday demanding rehabilitation of villagers, in the wake of overflow of flood water from Harangi channel near Shirangala in their village.

Cauvery Sene office-bearers staged a protest in front of the office of Assistant Commissioner , urging the district administration to stop illegal sand mining at Kodlipete.

Subhash Chandra N S, Bangalore, DH News Service:

The State government

Rainfall in Kodagu has gone down by 50 per cent, thereby adversely hitting agricultural activities. Over the last two days, however, rains have picked up and brought a silver lining.

Last year by June 3, River Cauvery was full and most of the waterfalls, including Abbey falls were gushing.

Tribal Education institution Head M B Prabhu has urged the Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh to take steps to set up Directorate of Elephant Project in Kodagu and control elephant menace through public-private participation.

Centre blocks Rs 1.44 cr for incomplete civil works

While approval was given for the sanction of Rs 10.82 crore to implement Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Scheme in Kodagu district for the academic year 2009-10, the Centre has blocked the release of Rs 1.44 crore since civil works related to school buildings were not completed in time.

A total of six Automatic Climate Centre (ACC) units of the Indian Space Reseach Organisation (ISRO) have been installed at various place in the district. ISRO has plans to install 15 ACCs in the district to provide climatic information to coffee growers.

Producers get a boost coorg green cardamom, grown in southwest Karnataka, has received the geographical area indicator or GI status. This means only cardamom grown in Kodagu

Siddapura, DH News Service:
A two-year-old female elephant calf died under mysterious circumstances in Kallahalla forest area in Titimati of the district.

It appears that the calf might have died at least five days back. It stinks. It has been suspected that the elephant calf might have died due to foot-and-mouth disease, that may be spread from the cattle which graze in forest area.