Bopaiah says he will quit if the World Heritage tag is not removed

Shola Forests at Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary.Image: By Shyamal via Wikimedia Commons Claiming that the World Heritage Tag will have adverse effects on people’s life in Coorg, Bopaiah said that he will resign from the Speaker’s post if it need be, a move seen as a tactic to pressurize the BJP Govt in Karnataka to accept…

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Jairam Ramesh refutes Govt’s charges. Suspects Govt is falling for Vested Interests.

Jairam Ramesh with U.S. Ambassador Roemer at a function displaying artwork provided by the Ranthambore School of Art.Image: US Embassy, New Delhi. Coming down heavily on Karnataka Government’s request to the Center for deletion of the 10 identified sites in Western Ghats, that come under the State of Karnataka, the Union Minister for forest, Jairam…

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Reactions on the Karnataka Govt opposition to World Heritage Tag for Western Ghats

Karnataka Forest Minister C.H. Vijayashankar (R) speaking to Media in Kodagu. File Photo. Reactions are pouring in towards Karantaka Government’s plan to reject the proposal to include Western Ghats as World Hertiage Site by UNESCO. The Forest Minister even refered to UNESCO as a “Foreign Agency” and compared it to East India Company. Netas hand in…

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Govt to Center & UNESCO: Development in Western Ghats will take precedence over Conservation

This monkey does not like it. Lion Tailed Macaque is one of endangered species found in Western Ghats. Image:By Kalyanvarma via Wikimedia Commons The State Govt has decided to reject the proposal of UNESCO to allow certain contagious areas in Western Ghats to be nominated as UNESCO World Heritage site.  The state govt is going…

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CLN Editor’s bottom line

The visit, of the CM, to Kodagu has raised the hopes of the residents. The Chief Minister, has promised to release the amount earmarked for the ‘General Thimmaiah Memorial’,  and I do hope, this will result in “Sunny Side” being converted into a Memorial worthy of the great man himself. The CM’s utterances on various…

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Parliament discusses world heritage site list

India has submitted a proposal to UNESCO World Heritage Centre for inscription of 39 serial sites in Western Ghats on its World Heritage List, the Government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. “These sites are in the States of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The Kass Plateau in Maharashtra is one among the 39…

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UNESCO World Heritage Site status: CLN seperates fact from fiction

The image of Kodagu, as a community which values its culture, heritage and forests, has unfortunately been severely dented by the utterings and actions of a section of people from Kodagu. Coffeeland News investigated the allegations of this isolated group and has come to the following conclusions; It is therefore necessary to place all facts…

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Environmentalists come together to clear the air on UNESCO World Heritage site

Environmentalists from different organisations have come together on a common forum to clear the air on UNESCO World Heritage Site after the fiasco during the visit of the IUCN officials. They have addressed the following points contrary to what certain political and non-political  organisations opposed to the UNESCO world heritage site feel about the proposal; Only…

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Vijayashankar: People friendly forest policy soon

Minister for Forests and Kodagu District- In-Charge Minister, C.H. Vijayashankar said that an integrated forest policy will be announced soon to mitigate the “man – animal conflict” in Kodagu. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Kannada Rajyotsava celebration’s at  the Old Assembly Hall, in the fort premises in Madikeri,  he said that…

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BJP will not let the wildlife reserves get World Heritage Tag

Ravi Kushalappa the convenor of Madikeri “Akrama-Sakrama Samiti” accused environmentalists for all the ills in Kodagu and said that such NGO’s should be banished from Coorg. He further added that ” BJP has demanded the district officials to banish such people working against the interests of Coorg “. Speaking to reporters yesterday he said that…

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