Udupi: People Asked to Move to Safe Places

August 7, 2006

The Hindu

Udupi, Aug 5: The people living along rivers Varahi and Halady at the Mani Dam site under the Varahi project have been asked to move to safe places due to an increase in water flow into the dam owing to incessant rain.

A press release issued by the executive engineer of the Mastikatte Dam site said the height of the Dam was 594.36 metres, but the inflow of water as on July 26 stood at 588.20 metres. If this trend were to continue, the gates of the dam would have to be opened to release the water.

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MRPL Delivers First Batch of Products to Mauritius

August 7, 2006

MRPL press release

Mangalore, Aug 6: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. delivered its first batch of petroleum products shipment to Mauritius on Saturday.

The consignment consisting 4000 tons of Motor Spirit (95 Octane), 10000 tons of Jet Fuel (ATF) and 19000 tons of Gas oil (Diesel), is the first parcel as per the supply contract between MRPL and State Trading Corporation of Mauritius.

MRPL delivers to Mauritius


MRPL managing director Rajamani handing over the citation commemorating the first consignment and the quality certificates of the products to State Trading Corporation of Mauritius’ general manager R S Soomarooah

In a small function held at New Mangalore Port, aboard Mt. Sanmar Symphony, the vessel on which the products are loaded, MRPL  managing director Rajamani handed over the citation commemorating the first consignment and the quality certificates of the products to State Trading Corporation of Mauritius general manager R S Soomarooah in presence of audience comprising officials of MRPL, New Mangalore Port Trust, oil companies and Excise, Customs and Explosive Departments along with delegates including media personnel from Mauritius.

Rajamani, while reiterating MRPL’s commitment to supply of the products to Mauritius as per the agreed quality and on time, mentioned about MRPL’s capacity to produce different grades of products to suit specific customer needs.

Soomarooah expressed high sense of satisfaction in the deal and hoped for smooth execution of the contract. The delegates from Mauritius, who had visited MRPL process facilities and quality assessment laboratory, expressed their confidence in MRPL’s capabilities and the quality of products.

MRPL has been exporting its products for the last six years through various traders. However, this is the first time a trade contract has been negotiated with a refinery and Mauritius STC direct, the government agency to import petroleum into the island nation.

The products, according to the supply agreement are 350 TMT of HSD, 260 TMT of Jet fuel, 90 TMT of Motor Gasoline, 330 TMT of three grades of Fuel Oil. This quantity meets the entire white oil and FO demand of Mauritius for one year.


Goodies on a Golden Platter from Nagarjuna

August 7, 2006

Daijiworld News Network – Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Aug 6: Nagarjuna Power Corporation Ltd whose Nagarjuna power project is coming up at Yellur in Udupi district will announce its financial closure in September, said Praveer Sinha, Chief Operating Officer, NPCL here on Saturday, Aug 7.

On receiving in-principle approval for loans up to Rs 3,440 crore for the Rs 4,300 crore project its eyes are on achieving Rs 4,000 crore.

With the moneys taken care off, Sinha said that the setting up of the power unit at Nandikur will begin shortly.

The banks have already given in-principle approval include Power Finance Corporation (PFC) (Rs 950 crore), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) (Rs 500 crore which may be extended up to Rs 750 crore), HUDCO (Rs 500 crore), Andhra Bank (Rs 300 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 500 crore) among others.

NPCL has come out with several social welfare measures including Rs 1 crore for the welfare schemes such as insurance for fishermen, distribution of books for school children and schemes for Stree Shakthi groups among others.

Jobs will be provided for localites, said Sinha as the firm would require about 8,000 to 10,000 persons while setting up the firm and about 1,000 persons after starting the operations. Moreover preference will be given to those who have lost their land to NTPC.

Highlights

* NPC plans to set up industrial park at 10 acres of land
* Insurance cover to 5,000 fishermen from Mulky to Malpe
* Services of Stree Shakti groups and cooperatives to be used to produce recycled paper and cards.
* Books to be provided free to students from selected government and private schools
* Factory to be set up at a cost of Rs 10 lac to manufacture equipment used by physically challenged persons.


DC Diverting Rice Meant for District: NGO

August 7, 2006

Deccan Herald

Mangalore, Aug 6: The district administration is making all efforts to lift 3,000 metric tonnes of rice released to the Dakshina Kannada district under Sampoorna Grameena Rozgara Yojana’s special component on the pretext of using it in the district and will divert it to Davangere district on Aug 7, alleged SC/ST Federation president Lolaksha.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, Aug 5, he said the rice worth Rs 3.5 crore released by the Centre to undertake various flood relief measures will be diverted to Davangere district. On the contrary, the records will show that 600 metric tonnes of rice has been released to every taluk in the district.

Stating that 721 houses were damaged due to heavy rainfall and flood in the district, Lolaksha said the rice could have been utilised for undertaking various developmental works in the district under “Kooligagi Kaalu”. But the district administration is diverting the rice released to Dakshina Kannada district under relief measures by providing a ‘silly’ reason that there is no demand for the rice in the district.

Elaborating on the same, he said in a letter dated Jul 25 to the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner by Revenue department official M S Desai stated that the rice released to the Dakshina Kannada district has been withdrawn and will be redistributed to the Davangere district. But in reality, the Dakshina Kannada DC is supposed to lift the rice from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown and later redistribute to the Davangere district.

The FCI has raised objections to the proceedings of the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner and Desai’s letter. FCI Deputy General Manager in a letter dated July 27 to DK Deputy Commissioner stated that the food grains lifted under the scheme must be utilised in the district only and can not be diverted it to other districts. Deputy Commissioner should sign for the utilisation certificate.

District-in-Charge Minister and MLA’s should resign, if they fail to check these irregularities in the district, he added.

Campaign against Child Labour-K (CACL-K) Convenor Renni D’Souza, PUCL Convenor P B D’Sa, among others was present.


15 Injured in Serial Road Accident in Kapikad near Thokottu

August 7, 2006

Daijiworld News Network – Mangalore (VM), pics by Sphoorti Ullal

Mangalore, Aug 7: A total of 15 persons were injured in a serial road accident that took place in Kapikad near Thokottu on Sunday, Aug 6.

Kapikad accident

A speeding bus which was overtaking another bus rammed into another bus approaching from the opposite direction. The accident was reported at around 4 pm.

Kapikad accident

The accident involved a Government bus (Kasargod Express), a private Kasargod express bus and a city bus to Talapady.

Kapikad accident

Out of the 15 persons injured in the mishap two are said to be critical. The injured are being treated in a private hospital.


Chikungunya: Who spreads it…, the Symptoms…, Epidemology…, Prevention…

August 7, 2006

Chikungunya not Unfamiliar to Coastal Areas – Experts

New IndPress Mangalore, Aug 5: Is the chikungunya knocking at our doors? Yes, say health experts. As many as 15 suspected cases have been reported from D K district since May. The health department is still awaiting the results of blood samples sent for testing at the National Virology Laboratory, Pune. District health officer Dr Jagananth said that the disease is not unknown in coastal areas though no cases have been reported from coastal districts of the state so far. The disease had been reported in Madras and Kolkata in 1963, he said. The disease has already affected over three lakh people in the State so far and has shown signs of spreading to newer areas. The disease has spread more rapidly in areas with unhygienic atmosphere and population.

Who spreads it? Chikungunya is a relatively rare form of viral fever caused by an alphavirus that is spread through bites from the aedes aegypti mosquito. The name is derived from the Makonde word meaning ‘that which bends up’ in reference to the stooped posture developed as a result of the arthritic symptoms of the disease. Chikungunya is not considered to be fatal. However, in 2005-2006, 200 deaths have been associated with chikungunya on Riunion Island and a widespread outbreak in southern India (especially in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh).

Symptoms: The symptoms of Chikungunya include fever, which can reach 102.2 Farenheit a petechial, or maculopapular rash usually involving the limbs and trunk. Arthritis affecting multiple joints can be debilitating. There can also be headache, conjunctival infection and slight photophobia.

Epidemology: Chikungunya was first detected in Tanzania, Africa in 1952. An outbreak of chikungunya was discovered in Port Klang in Malaysia in 1999 affecting 27 people. There have been reports of large-scale outbreak of this virus in southern India. At least 80,000 people in Gulbarga, Tumkur, Bidar, Raichur, Bellary, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Kolar and Bijapur districts are known to have been affected since December 2005.

Prevention: There is no vaccine or preventive drug. Prevention tips are similar to those for dengue or West Nile virus. Use insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered active ingredient on exposed skin. Wear long sleeves and pants (with permethrin or another repellent). Have secure screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets and barrels. Additionally, a person with chikungunya fever or dengue should limit their exposure to mosquito bites.