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Saline water from Nagarjuna plant enter fields: Farmers protest - 5/21/2010

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PADUBIDRI: Residents of Ulloor in Ellur gram panchayat limits staged a protest against the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (erstwhile Nagarjuna) for letting the waste saline water from the plant into the fields, affecting the crops as well as contaminating the local wells.

The locals said the saline water that was let out from the plant was also found to be quite hot. The controversial project which has commenced operations despite stiff opposition, it is learnt was first drawing water from the sea to be purified and used in the boiler. The extra water that was not purified was let out through a drain with the water directly entering the local fields.

The locals had complained to the tahsildar in the backdrop of which the Kaup revenue officer A Satyananda Shetty had arrived at the spot along with the village accountant of the local panchayat.

When villagers complained to the officers that the saline water was let into the farm lands since the past three days and that they were also finding it difficult to consume the well water which too has turned saline, a company spokesperson named Sudarshan who was at the spot tired to divert the attention of the authorities by saying “The waste water was not saline and hot. However the official team on inspection found that the complaint of the villagers was right. When the villagers took the company spokesperson to task he silently left the place. The villagers say they were now forced to trek for long to get potable water.

Some time back, when the locals had enquired the reason behind the construction of a drain, the company authorities had said that it was to facilitate free flow of rain water. Now with the saline water let into this drain, the intentions of the project authorities have become crystal clear.

Meanwhile though the authorities have taken a sample of the water for testing, the locals have no hope that they would report against the company. Their question is how they could secure justice when the government and the officials are outrightly in favour of the company.



Jasmine cultivators suffer for want of good price - 5/21/2010

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UDUPI: Jasmine flowers are a must for any wedding, religious or auspicious occasion in the coastal districts. But the price of jasmine flowers has now sky-rocketed much to the concern of the purchasers. However the main reason attributed to the increase in pries is the menace of middlemen or agents.E.g. The jasmine purchased for Rs 50 to Rs 60 from the growers, will be priced at Rs 200 to Rs 300 per what is called in traditional dialect 'Atti,' when it reaches the final buyer.

It is being said that jasmine business has reduced significantly this year due to decline in yield owing to adverse climatic conditions. But, the jasmine flowers that were available for sale, have only brought profit for the agents but not the growers.

Several jasmine cultivators explain how the menace of agents has given them low prices for the flowers that they have cultivated with difficulty amid adverse weather conditions.

Usually the price of jasmine flowers would be Rs 300 to Rs 350 during the peak wedding and festival season from March to May. The price reduces later on.

But this year, the jasmine growers have at the most secured Rs 60 per atti to the growers. But the only noticeable difference is that there had been no reduction in jasmine price in the market.

The price of jasmine is fixed in the market on the basis of its availability. Jasmine plants need good sun light and good weather, If the weather is cloudy and the temperature high then the yield would be less, says Andrew Lobo, Secretary of the Jasmine Growers Welfare committee.

There naturally would be a shortage of jasmine on festal days when their prices cross Rs 300. eg. on Akshaya Tritiya day this year, the flower had huge demand. However, though the demand reduced drastically the next day, purchasers say there had not been a single day this year when they could get one Atti of jasmine for Rs 100.

The Udupi jasmine has much demand in Mumbai. Substantial quantity of jasmine is exported from Udupi and Shankerpura to several places. The jasmine purchased at lower prices is sold at an exorbitant price in Mumbai and other places with more than half of the amount grabbed by the agents.

Auction Centre: According to Udupi District Assistant Horticultural Director Narendra Babu, a proposal has been sent to the government to set up a jasmine auction centre in Udupi. This, he said was a Rs one crore project and no sooner the government okays the proposal, land would be identified for the same.

He said such centres are proposed in six districts of the state including Udupi. Apart from jasmine, other flowers too would be auctioned here and the centers would have cold storage units.



Kundapur-Surathkal NH 17 - NHAI asked to limit highway width - 5/21/2010

Hindu-PKThe State Government has informed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that it wants the width of the Kundapur-Surathkal and Nanthoor-Talapady stretches on NH 17 to be restricted to 60 m in rural area and 45 m in urban areas while making it four-lane.

U.T. Khader, MLA, told presspersons here on Thursday that the Principal Secretary, Department of Public Works, Ports and Inland Water Transport, on May 18 had written to A.K. Mathur, Chief General Manager, NHAI, Bangalore, in this regard and released copies of the letter to the media.

It said ...the Chief Minister has agreed with the point of view put before him... and has decided that the width of the right of way (ROW) (of NH 17) shall be 60 m in rural area and 45 m in urban areas.

MLA's demand

Mr. Khader said that the Government should have a uniform policy and the width of highways in rural areas should also be restricted to 45 m.

He said that many residents along the stretch between Nanthoor and Talapady had been urging the Government not to acquire land for widening the Kundapur-Talapady four-lane highway to 60 m.

The Chief Minister's decision would help only urban property owners, he said and urged the Chief Minister to ask the NHAI to restrict the width of the highway (NH 17) to 45 m in rural area also.

Mr. Khader said that a committee had been formed to oppose the acquisition of land for widening the highway to 60 m. It would wait for the response of the NHAI to the Government’s letter and decide on the future course of action, he said.



Naxals are our 'own people': Narendra Modi - 5/20/2010

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Delhi:  Naxals are our 'own people' and the government must hold dialogue with them. That’s the view of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

These (Naxals) are our people. We will have to explain to them that violence cannot be a solution to problems. Dialogue is the best way to solve the Naxal problem, said Modi at a function in Aligarh.

 

Modi's statement is surprising as his party, the BJP, has insisted on a tough policy against the Naxals.

Just on Wednesday, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh called the rebels terrorists.

They are the biggest terrorists; Naxalism is a biggest challenge to the democracy. They want to capture power at gunpoint, said Singh.


Yodelling King Melwyn Peres to Perform in Canara Kala Saanz 2010 - 5/20/2010

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Canada:  Encouraged by the very positive feedback, and great support for Wilfynite, Henrynite, and Claudenite in Canada, Canara World Foundation Inc. and it's organizers are proud to present Yodelling King Melwyn Peris to perform for the first time ever in Canara Kala Saanz at the Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga on Saturday, July 10, 2010.

This event will also display the emerging talents within the Konkani community in Canada who had performed at the Canara Talent Search. The evening will also promise to be entertaining while presenting an avenue to cherish and enjoy our mother tongue Konkani. In addition to the entertainment, it will also be an opportunity for all Mangaloreans to meet and greet old, young and new immigrants & old settlers from Mangalore.
 

Mark your calendars, for a bonanza of entertainment packaged with foot tapping music, melodious songs by Yodelling king Melwyn, dances and hilarious comedy by our local talented artists. This show will be a one of a kind so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

For tickets & sponsorship contact:

Paul & Irene Mathias 905-566-1202

Flavian & Miriam Pinto 647-285-3500

Max & Nancy Mendes - 905-901-1242

Udupi Madras Café - 905-277-0010



Projects to promote tourism at Malpe, St Marry's island - 5/20/2010

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Udupi :  Tourists to Malpe beach and St Mary's Isle are to have more fun and gala time from now on. The Udupi CMC is starting an array of novel projects along the shoreline and in the island as promotional strategy for tourism.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, CMC Commissioner Gokuldass Nayak informed that a lot of plans have been made to meet the demand of the increasing number of tourists.

Parking spaces

To begin with, the parking system is given more prominence and elaborate parking zones have been set up in the areas in and around Malpe beach. Parking zone behind Paradise Isle paved with interlocking tiles has been set up. Besides, the southern side of the beach has been turned into an exclusive parking zone.

Other developments

An Open Air Theatre is being built adjacent to the parking zone on the southern side. The Gandhi statue near the shore will be renovated and the old circle will be given a face lift.
Pedestrians' pathway with interlocking tiles has been built on either side of the roads besides the shore. More than 25 retail outlets have been permitted to be set up on the edges of the pedestrians' pathway. The stretch extending from Balram circle to Gandhi statue is undergoing an upgradation at a cost of Rs 35 lakh.
 

The entire renovation work of the roads is being taken up by the CMC. Two Self-Help Groups have been engaged to keep the beach clean. Toilet facilities have been introduced at St Mary's island. Parabolas with roofed crest and seating arrangements are put across the Island in large numbers. Informal pathways will be set up all over the island, which spans 24 acres, to make the area tourist friendly. Adventure sports like rock climbing will also be introduced. As part of the second phase of the project, a jetty will be built at St Mary’s island and another on the other side at Malpe beach, at a cost of Rs 1 crore. It has been long time since any new projects were taken up at Malpe coast and St Mary's island. The Tourism Department and CMC are joining hands to introduce more projects in the area with the sole purpose of boosting tourism, Nayak added. The whole project is taken up at a cost of Rs 76 lakhs.



Bajaj Auto launches India's first commuter sports bike - 5/20/2010

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Mangalore: Bajaj Auto launched the brand new Discover 150, which promises More Excitement Per Litre and offers an exciting ride feel, features, mileage, and value proposition in Hyderabad on May 10. Discover 150 is the first bike in the commuter sports segment, which offers the utility of a commuter bike along with the performance, style, and features of a sports bike.


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The new 150cc 13 PS DTS-i-engine presents amazing power and pickup in addition to excellent on-road mileage of 65 kmph, which is equal to most 100cc bikes. The new bike is a fabulous combination of power and mileage. 

Some of the top features of the new Discover 150cc are a 5 speed gear box, electronic start, nitrox suspension for high level comfort on rough roads, disc brake, and wider-rear tyres for better grip. 

During the launch, GM (marketing) of Bajaj Auto Mr. Milind Bade said: Discover 100 took the market by storm with its launch last July. In this short span of time, Discover 100 is already one of the largest selling models in motorcycle marketing with current volumes averaging 75,000 pm. With the new Discover 150, we are instilling a fresh momentum and adding riding excitement to the overall Discover portfolio. 

Discover 150 can be purchased for Rs 46,000. The bike will be launched phase-wise all over the country. The bike is future proof and adheres to the latest BS III emission norms. 

Discover is one of the largest selling brands in the Indian motorcycle market. Currently, there are more than 650,000 Discover 100 owners.



Local News in Brief :- 20/05/2010 - 5/20/2010

Compiled by Richard Dsouza (Kenja Bail)-PK

Local News in Brief :-

UPCL power generation not to benefit dist

The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (erstwhile Nagarjuna) which has set foot in the district with a promise to provide more electricity to the coastal region, may not help much in mitigating the power shortage facing the district. It has been learnt that the MESCOM would be securing only 8.5 per cent of the total power generated in the plant. The MESCOM is responsible for distribution of power in undivided DK and some parts of Chikmagalur.

According to sources, the UPCL power will be distributed to BESCOM (58%), HESCOM-GESCOM (10 -12%) and MESCOM (8.5). Even Udupi MP Sadananda Gowda is unhappy with this power distribution plan and said the district has to secure full quota of power supply from UPCL which has been set up using local resources.

“The locals have provided land to this amid much opposition. Still if power is not provided to this region, there naturally would arise opposition. I do not say that the power from UPCL should be given only to Mangalore and Udupi. Even Chikmagalur and Shimoga should benefit from the plant,” he added.

He said he had already discussed the matter with Yeddyurappa and has received a favourable reply. Now that the UPCL has started power generation on an experimental basis, the matter would be once again taken up with the Chief Minister, he added.

The 1200 mw capacity plant at Nandikur would generate 600 mw of power by May end and the remaining 600 mw by August. There are a total of 16000 power consumers in DK , Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts.

SHRC orders probe into Honavar church attack

The State Human Rights Commission has directed the Western Range IGP and Chief Secretary of the Home Department to undertake a thorough probe into the recent attack on a church in Honavar town. The Commission has directed the authorities to submit a comprehensive report within six weeks.

It may be recalled here that unidentified miscreants had stoned the Holy Cross Church of Honavar on May 12, damaging the glass case holding the statue of Mother Mary. The SHRC had registered a case in this regard voluntarily and has now issue the directive to the police authorities.

“ There has been another attack on a place of worship in the state. If the state government does not take steps to stop such ceaseless disruptive activities, then the people will start suspecting the administrative policy of the government and even get agitated. The state government had been warned even earlier when moral policing and peace disturbing events took place. But the situation has not come under control,” the SHRC Chairman Justice SR Nayak has said.

Tulunadu seminar begins in Udupi

Udupi: Chairman of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Palthady Ramakrishna Achar said on Wednesday that Tulu was the most ancient among the five Dravidian languages. He was addressing a gathering at a function to inaugurate a two-day national seminar on Sri Krishnadevaraya and Tulunadu organised by the Academy and the Dravidian University, Kuppam, to mark the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Vijayanagara ruler Krishnadevaraya, here.

 D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MP, inaugurated the seminar.

Meeting on textbooks on May 21

A meeting will be held in Bangalore on May 21 for preparation of textbooks for the next academic year, says Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education.

He was addressing presspersons at Haliyal on Wednesday.

Mr. Kageri said textbooks would be prepared according to guidelines issued by the Government of India.

He said the Government had prepared the outlines of the syllabus, and public opinion would be called for in this regard.

For this, open discussions would be held and important writers, intellectuals and people with interests in education would be invited, he said.


Students all praise for guidance session at Udupi - 5/20/2010

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Udupi: The students who attended The Hindu EducationPlus Career Guidance Session at Nutana Ravindra Mantapa on the MGM College campus here on Wednesday were all praise for the event. In fact, some students had come from Mangalore to attend the session.

All the participating students received a 124-page handbook titled ‘Charting Your Course’, specially brought by The Hindu EducationPlus for the career guidance sessions in seven cities of the State.

Madhukar Bhat, a student of Poornaprajna Pre-University College, Udupi, said the guidance session helped him come to a decision regarding his career.

Earlier, I wanted to take up electronics and communications engineering. But after listening to experts at the session, I want to take up mechanical engineering, he said.

Avil Aranha, a student of Lourdes Central School, from Mangalore, said, The session was informative. It helped me make a choice about my career. Earlier, I was not sure about taking aeronautical engineering, but now I will go for it. I will tell my friends about this session. It was worth coming from Mangalore.

Sandeep Kini, a student of MGM Pre-University College, said, I had a lot of doubts about electrical engineering and computer science. This session has cleared my doubts. After listening to the experts, I feel electrical engineering is a good option.

Rashmi, a student of Manipal Pre-University College, said, I liked the presentation made by Director of CIGMA Foundation Ameen-e-Mudassar. He gave an overview of the wide range of career opportunities available for students. I came to know that there are so many different fields and they all have good prospects.

Mervyn Soans, a student of St. Aloysius College, from Mangalore, said, I liked the session. It was very helpful. It gave me a wider understanding of career options.


Students should be careful while making their career choice. - 5/20/2010

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ready reckoner:(From left) Coordinator of Mangalore branch of the Karnataka Examinations Authority Shruthakirthiraja, Assistant Professor at R.V. College of Engineering D. Ranganath, the former

 

Udupi: National Research Professor and former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University M.S. Valiathan said on Wednesday that students should be careful while making their career choice.

He was delivering the keynote address on “Choosing the right career” at the Career Guidance Session for students conducted by The Hindu EducationPlus for the second consecutive year, at Nutana Ravindra Mantapa on the MGM College campus here.

Prof. Valiathan also released the handbook “Charting Your Course” brought out by The Hindu EducationPlus on the occasion.

He said that students should listen to everybody before making a career choice. They should then think over it and ask themselves if they would be happy by the choice they had made. The final decision of a career should be taken by the students themselves, he said.

‘Difficult to rectify’

Proper contemplation was essential, as a wrong choice would be difficult to rectify. After a choice was made, some students fared well in their career and some remained mediocre. The reason for some persons doing well in their chosen career was that they constantly updated their knowledge, Prof. Valiathan said.

Good students did not wait for others to set goals for them. They set their own goals and dedicated themselves to achieving them. Besides, these students always believed that they were part of society and contributed to its progress. They gave importance to societal good, he added.

About three decades ago, there were few career options and no career guidance. But things had changed since then.

India, with 1.3 billion people, was now being seen as an emerging market . The pharmaceutical industry in the country was growing at a rapid pace. There was a great demand for Ph.Ds in the field of pharmaceuticals, Prof. Valiathan said.

At present, India was importing hi-tech instruments and devices worth Rs. 15,000 crore. The industry had sensed this demand and there would be more opportunities for youngsters in the field of instrumentation. Space technology, “frugal innovations” and defence research were some other areas where students could develop a career, he said.

The second session focussed on the admission process in professional colleges. Coordinator of Mangalore branch of the Karnataka Examinations Authority Shruthakirthiraja gave an overview on CET admissions, while Assistant Professor at R.V. College of Engineering D. Ranganath spoke on COMED-K admissions. Later, both of them answered queries of students regarding CET and COMED-K admission process.

In his presentation on “After PU, what next?”, Founder and Director of Cigma Foundation Ameen-e-Mudassar said that aptitude, personality and interest were key points in making a career choice. There were 15,000-plus careers waiting for students. There were many less popular but more rewarding options, including agriculture, mining, plastics technology, road transport, petroleum and textiles. Students could also opt for careers in pure and applied sciences, he said.

Branch Manager at the NRI Branch of the State Bank of India Nagaraj Tantry spoke on educational loans.

Interactive session

This was followed by an interactive session with an expert panel. The panellists, Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, P. Sripathi Rao; Associate Dean of Manipal College of Dental Sciences Keerthilatha M. Pai; Associate Director of Manipal Institute of Technology Vinod V. Thomas; Dean (Academics) of NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, B.S. Samaga; Professor in Marketing Management at T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal, R.C. Natarajan, Mr. Mudassar, Prof. Ranganath and Mr. Tantry answered various questions posed by the students.

Soft skills

The session ended with a brief talk on soft skills.

Prof. Natarajan spoke on the importance of self-skills such as self control, emotional leadership and communicative abilities; team skills such as choosing right persons in a team and art of negotiation; and diplomatic skills.

The sponsors of the event were the State Bank of India, Cigma Foundation, Gokula Education Foundation, Sambhram Institutions and The Oxford Educational Institutes of Bangalore.

Regional Manager of The Hindu G.R. Venkatesh welcomed the gathering.


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